Lady Gaga named UK’s most-downloaded artist
By CMU Editorial | Published on Monday 7 September 2009
To celebrate the fifth birthday of the Official Download Chart, the Official Charts Company have put together a special one-off All-Time Official Downloads Chart. And guess what, Lady Gaga is right at the top of it. Yeah, that’s right, Lady Gaga’s ‘Poker Face’ has sold more downloads in the UK than any other track in the last five years. I blame you for this.
Lady Gaga does a little dance with Kings Of Leon for the top four spaces on the chart, with her track ‘Just Dance’ at three, and their tracks ‘Sex On Fire’ and ‘Use Somebody’ at two and four. La Roux spoils the pattern by coming in at five with ‘In For The Kill’. Leona Lewis also makes two appearances in the top ten.
For those of you not paying attention, this means that download sales have risen quite sharply in the last twelve months. Despite this, ‘Poker Face’ sales only amount to 779,000 downloads, which doesn’t seem like that many. Still, of the top 100 tracks in the chart, 46 were released in 2008 and 21 were released in 2009. Just three from 2004, when the chart was launched, and two from 2005, made the grade.
Commenting on her latest chart achievement, Lady Gaga said: “The commitment and devotion of my fans in the UK, otherwise known as ‘my little monsters’, has made for a truly memorable and successful year for myself and [debut album] ‘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 the UK. I love my fans eternally, and will continue to live, breathe, bleed, and love music and fashion for them”.
Official Charts Company MD Martin Talbot added: “This is a fabulous achievement from Lady Gaga, to come from nowhere in January to dominating the all-time downloads list with two in the top three. Her success – and that of Kings Of Leon and Leona Lewis too – reflect the resurgent success of the singles market in the era of the download and highlights that mass appeal pop music is alive and well in 2009”.
Here’s the complete top ten:
1. Lady Gaga – Poker Face
2. Kings Of Leon – Sex On Fire
3. Lady Gaga – Just Dance
4. Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
5. La Roux – In For The Kill
6. Leona Lewis – Run
7. Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah
8. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
9. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
10. Nickelback – Rockstar