Lady Gaga tops the British download charts

LADY Gaga has been crowned queen of the downloads – as new figures show she is top of the British all-time download charts.

Her single Poker Face has notched up 779,000 sales on downloads alone to top the charts, while her first British release Let’s Dance is at number three with 700,000.

The singer released her first single this year but has had almost instant success, helped by a series of eye-watering outfits.

The list has been compiled by the Official Charts Company to mark five years since the launch of the download chart.

The entire top five has been released within the past 12 months, which indicates how important download sales are to the music industry. Digital sales account for around 98% of the singles market.

In second position is Sex On Fire by Kings Of Leon, who also figure at number four with Use Somebody. In For The Kill by La Roux – the most recent release in the top 10 – is at number five and six of the top 10 tracks are by female singers, with Leona Lewis claiming two positions.

Lady Gaga, whose debut album The Fame was released this year, said: “The commitment and devotion of my fans in Britain, otherwise known as ‘my little monsters’, has made for a truly memorable and successful year for myself and The Fame. I am honoured to be the songwriter and performer behind the number one and number three all-time most downloaded songs in history in Britain.”

The chart reflects the growth of downloads over the past two years in particular.

The Top 100 features 46 entries from 2008 and 21 from 2009 so far. Just two from 2005 and three from 2004 are in the chart.


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