UK digital album sales pass the 50 million mark

Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon and Lady Gaga among the biggest selling artists

UK digital album sales pass the 50 million mark

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UK sales of digital albums have passed the 50 million mark, with Mumford and Sons, Kings Of Leon and Lady Gaga all 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.

Earlier this year Kings Of Leon's 'Only By The Night' became the first album in the UK to sell over 250,000 digital copies, although Lady Gaga's 'The Fame' has also since surpassed the 250,000 mark.

As for 2010, Mumford and Sons' Mercury Prize-nominated 'Sigh No More' is leading the way with over 131,000 digital copies sold.

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'

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