Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon and Lady Gaga among the biggest selling artists
According to figures from the BPI and Official Charts Company, digital sales now account for almost 20% of albums sold in the UK, compared to just 2% in 2006.
“Digital albums have proved themselves a hugely successful format,” Geoff Taylor, BPI chief executive said. “Although digital downloads have boosted the singles market, many music fans want to hear a complete body of work from their favourite artists.”
The study also found that digital album sales passed the 50 million mark in four and a half years, compared to the five years it took CDs to sell the same amount.
The official Top Five UK digital albums of all time is as follows:
1. Kings Of Leon – ‘Only By The Night’
2. Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’
3. Florence & The Machine – ‘Lungs’
4. Lily Allen – ‘It’s Not Me It’s You’
5. Mumford & Sons – ‘Sigh No More’