updated 11:20 am EST, Wed December 21, 2005
U.K. top track a download?
The U.K. top chart slot may be , with weekly digital sales expected to top one million. The trade association said download sales have already topped 23 million this year, a 400 percent increase over last year. Downloads of digital music now account for roughly 70 percent of weekly singles sales, compared to 25 percent this time last year, according to BBC News. The BPI predicts that 2006 will be an even bigger year for digital music; last Christmas MP3 players were a popular gift that prompted a 30 percent increase in download sales during the last weeks of 2004. The BPI expects a typical boom in CD sales surrounding Christmas time, since singles are often considered "perfect stocking fillers" during the final week of the year.