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Digital album sales shoot past 50 million

Digital album sales now contribute an estimated 19.6 per cent of the British music industry's revenu

Digital album downloads have crossed 50 million, while digital single sales reached the 500 million mark in the UK last week, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Latest figures released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Official Charts Company show that digital album sales - which accounted for less than 2 per cent of Britain's music industry revenue in 2006 - now contribute an estimated 19.6 per cent, the highest ever since record-keeping to track online sales was started over four years ago.

Mumford & Son's 'Sigh No More' is the top seller this year, having sold 131,737 copies. Five albums reached the 100,000 digital copies sales mark.

Kings Of Leon's Only By The Night album is the top selling digital album of all time - downloaded 276,000 times - followed by Lady Gaga's The Fame album, that has been downloaded 261,000 times.

"For digital to reach the 50 million milestone faster than the CD suggests to me that the confidence consumers have shown in powering digital singles to an all-time high is now also being displayed in the albums market," BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor, was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.