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Kings Of Leon Set New Digital Landmark

23/03/2010

Kings Of Leon’s Only By The Night has become the first album to hit the quarter of a million sales mark, the Official Charts Company can announce. 

The album – which was released 18 months ago - has now sold 250,000 units, firmly establishing itself as the biggest selling digital album of all time in the UK. It is also the only album to have sold more than 200,000 to date.

Other albums which have sold particularly strongly over the past 12 months include Florence & The Machine’s Lungs and Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me It’s You. Kings Of Leon’s closest challenger in the digital arena is Lady Gaga, whose debut album The Fame is likely to pass 200,000 downloads within the next month or so.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said, “This is an incredible achievement by Kings Of Leon, one of the few acts in recent years to have crossed over from true alternative territory into the mainstream.

“To date, just 12 albums have passed the 100,000 download mark, but the explosive success of Kings Of Leon illustrates the growing popularity of album downloading among music fans, which has been steadily increasing over the past three years.”

Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive, said:

"There are more than 35 legal digital music services in the UK offering wide choice of music, in a convenient way and giving great value.  This milestone achieved by Kings of Leon shows that fans are now fully embracing digital album downloads as a complementary format to the CD."  

Kings Of Leon comprise Caleb, Jared, Matthew and Nathan Followill, the band taking their name from the father & grandfather of Caleb and Jared – Leon. Only By The Night, their fourth studio album, has overall sold more than 2.4m units, holding a position in the Official Albums Top 75 for 58 weeks. It has produced three hit singles, including the number 1 Sex On Fire and Use Somebody, which peaked at 2 in the Official Singles Chart. Between them the two releases have amounted 89 weeks in the singles Top 75.

The legitimate digital music business first took off in 2004, driven by individual track downloads through services such as iTunes, Napster and 7 Digital, with album downloading beginning to take-off in the first half of 2006.

The biggest selling digital albums in the UK are as follows:

OFFICIAL ALL-TIME ALBUM DOWNLOADS

1 ONLY BY THE NIGHT - KINGS OF LEON

2 THE FAME - LADY GAGA

3 LUNGS - FLORENCE & THE MACHINE

4 IT'S NOT ME IT'S YOU - LILY ALLEN

5 VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS - COLDPLAY

6 ROCKFERRY - DUFFY

7 BACK TO BLACK - AMY WINEHOUSE

8 THE END - BLACK EYED PEAS

9 THE SCRIPT - SCRIPT

10 I AM SASHA FIERCE - BEYONCE

Source: Official Charts Company. Chart shows sales up to the end of wk 11 2010.

Notes to Editors:

1.   Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company

2.  The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association.   The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).

3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.

For further information contact:
Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.
T: 01480 860 530  M. 07768 891 264
E: amy@theofficialcharts.com
    www.theofficialcharts.com

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