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Duffy and Alexandra Burke top 2008 sales charts


Story by Jack Foley

THERE’S no accounting for taste, it seems, following news that newly crowned X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke enjoyed the UK’s biggest selling single of 2008.

In a year marked by quality releases from bands such as Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Oasis and Keane, not to mention female artists such as Duffy (pictured), Burke’s cover version of Hallelujah sold 888,000 copies in the last two weeks of the year, to become the year’s biggest selling single.

There was better news, however, in the album stakes, where Duffy’s debut LP Rockferry held off a late challenge from Take That’s Circus to top the year-end chart with 1.685 million copies sold.

The aforementioned Kings of Leon and Coldplay both sold over a million albums in 2008, as did another former X-Factor winner, Leona Lewis.

The end-of-year figures were released by the Official Charts Company (OCC), and also showed that X-Factor tie-ins largely dominated in 2008, with the X Factor finalists’ version of Hero also named the second biggest-selling single of 2008, shifting 751,000 copies.

Duffy’s Mercy sold 536,000 copies and was the only other single to sell more than half a million.

Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl was the fourth biggest-seller, followed by Nickelback’s Rockstar.

In the album stakes, Rihanna, The Killers, Girls Aloud and Scouting For Girls all featured in the top 10 of 2008, while the Mamma Mia! soundtrack emulated the success of its movie counterpart (now the UK’s most successful film of all time) to sell 1.007 million copies. It was the year’s top compilation.

The OCC figures include both downloads and physical copies such as CDs.

Top 10 singles of 2008

1) Hallelujah – Alexandra Burke
2) Hero – X Factor finalists
3) Mercy – Duffy
4) I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
5) Rockstar – Nickelback
6) American Boy – Estelle/ Kanye West
7) Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
8) Now You’re Gone – Basshunter
9) 4 Minutes – Madonna/ Justin Timberlake
10) Black & Gold – Sam Sparro

Top 10 albums of 2008

1) Rockferry – Duffy
2) The Circus – Take That
3) Only By The Night – Kings of Leon
4) Spirit – Leona Lewis
5) Viva La Vida… – Coldplay
6) Good Girl Gone Bad – Rihanna
7) Day & Age – Killers
8) Out of Control – Girls Aloud
9) Funhouse – Pink
10) Scouting For Girls – Scouting For Girls