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Lady Gaga crowned queen of downloads

A publicity shot from the inimitable Lady Gaga.

Story by Jack Foley

LADY Gaga has been crowned download queen by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as it celebrates five years since the launch of the download chart.

New figures compiled by the OCC show that the singer tops the all-time download charts thanks to the success of singles such as Poker Face, which has notched up 779,000 sales on downloads, and her first UK release Let’s Dance, which has secured 700,000. Both tracks sit at No.1 and No.3 respectively in the all-time download chart.

While Lady Gaga dominates the top half of the list, the figures also show how downloads are a growing part of the music industry as the entire top 5 hit singles over the first five years have been released in the past 12 months.

Digital sales now account for around 98% of the singles market, according to the OCC.

In second position, for instance, is Kings of Leon track Sex On Fire, while they also appear at No.4 with Use Somebody.

The most recent release in the top 10 is In For The Kill by La Roux, which sits at number five, while former X-Factor winner Leona Lewis notched two positions.

Commenting on her download status, Lady Gaga paid tribute to “the commitment and devotion” of her UK fans – otherwise known as ‘my little monsters’ – adding that it has made for “a truly memorable and successful year” for herself and her debut album, The Fame.

She concluded that she felt “honoured to be the songwriter and performer” behind the No.1 and No.3 all-time downloaded songs.