Digital Album Sales Rocketing -- 2011 Already Ahead of 2010's Total

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sales of digital albums are on the up in the UK, with data from the BPI revealing we bought more digital recordings during the first 10 months of 2011 than we did in all of 2010.

Between us, we've bought 21.3m digital albums so far in 2011, helped recently by bland balladeers Coldplay releasing Mylo Xyloto, which sold over 80,000 digital copies in its first week on sale and set a new record for a download launch, while 670,000 of that 21m figure is Adele albums.

But there's still some way to go until we're all fully digital. Virtual recordings only accounted for 26.2 per cent of total album sales so far in 2011, which, although up on 2010's 17.5 per cent figure, means we are still mostly a nation of people who buy Greatest Hits CDs in garages on a whim and a recommendation from a cardboard cut-out of Jeremy Clarkson.

But maybe the BPI can stop trying to shut down the internet now things are heading in the right direction for digital music? [BPI via TNW]