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Leona Lewis breaks record for fastest selling digital download

Leona Lewis

Story by Jack Foley

LEONA Lewis shot to the top of the UK singles chart with her latest single, Run, breaking the record for the fastest-selling digital-only track in the process.

The hit track, which was not originally intended to come out as a single, is a cover version of the Snow Patrol classic that shot them to prominence. In Leona Lewis form, it sold 133,591 copies, more than double the previous mark.

She only decided to release the track as a single after performances on Radio 1’s Live Lounge and The X Factor drew a positive response. It also appears on the Deluxe version of her debut album, Spirit, which also debuted at the top of the album charts upon re-release.

Lewis’ singles success came at the expense of Take That, whose latest – Greatest Day – was knocked off top spot.

Take That did, however, displace both Lewis and The Killers at the top of the album charts when their latest LP, The Circus, shot straight to the top with sales of 432,000 copies.

The figures mean that the album now ranks third in terms of first week sales, with only Oasis’ Be Here Now in 1997 and Colplay’s X&Y in 2005 having sold in greater volumes during their first seven days.

The band told the BBC that the success of the album has been amazing, adding that they had set out to make an album they could be proud of.

Another of last week’s high profile album releases was Britney Spears’ Circus, which was released on the same day as Take That’s record, and made its debut at number four in the chart.

Read our review of Leona Lewis’ Run or check out photos from the Run video