Muse, Leona and Depeche Mode top the download charts for 2006

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7digital.com, provider of digital downloads for a number of leading websites, has totted up the figures and created its own download chart for 2006, with Muse, Leona and Depeche Mode all sitting smugly at the top.

2006 saw a 400% increase in 7digital’s sales via websites including AOL, MSN, Lycos, Last.fm, Yahoo!, NME and XFM. Muse had the biggest-selling album with Black Holes And Revelations and despite only being released a couple of weeks before the turn of the year, X Factor winner Leona topped the singles listing with A Moment Like This. But the overall winner was Depeche Mode, which was most-downloaded artist of the year.

With changes to the chart rules for 2007, we could see increasing numbers of unsigned bands and independent labels securing Top 40 positions and says 7digital, a few more ‘oldies’ if they get media coverage. According to Ben Drury, MD of 7digital.com: “Ultimately, we are going to see the charts becoming more relevant and exciting – they will be a true reflection of the music that we are buying and listening to.”

Top Singles of 2006

1 Leona A Moment Like This
2 Gnarls Barkley Crazy
3 David Hasselhoff Jump In My Car
4 Scissor Sisters I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’
5 José González Heartbeats
6 Muse Assassin
7 Thunder The Devil Made Me Do It
8 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars
9 Orson No Tomorrow
10 The Automatic Monster

Top Albums of 2006

1 Muse Black Holes And Revelations
2 Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
3 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
4 Snow Patrol Eyes Open
5 James Morrison Undiscovered
6 Lily Allen Alright, Still
7 Adam Ant Extra Wonderful
8 José González Veneer
9 Keane Under The Iron Sea
10 Pet Shop Boys Fundamental

Top Artists of 2006

1 Depeche Mode
2 Gnarls Barkley
3 Pet Shop Boys
4 Muse
5 Sugababes
6 Snow Patrol
7 Arctic Monkeys
8 Madonna
9 Girls Aloud
10 Keane
11 José González
12 David Hasselhoff
13 Scissor Sisters
14 Coldplay
15 The Feeling
16 Thom Yorke
17 U2
18 Orson
19 Razorlight
20 Embrace

7digital website

Dave Walker