Kings Of Leon’s ‘Only By The Night’ has become the first album to hit the quarter of a million sales mark, the Official Charts Company can announce.
The album – which was released 18 months ago – has now sold 250,000 units, firmly establishing itself as the biggest selling digital album of all time in the UK. It is also the only UK album to have sold more than 200,000 to date.
Other albums which have sold particularly strongly over the past 12 months include Florence & The Machine’s Lungs and Lily Allen’s It’s Not Me It’s You. Kings Of Leon’s closest challenger in the digital arena is Lady Gaga, whose debut album The Fame is likely to pass 200,000 downloads within the next month or so.
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said, “This is an incredible achievement by Kings Of Leon, one of the few acts in recent years to have crossed over from true alternative territory into the mainstream.
“To date, just 12 albums have passed the 100,000 download mark, but the explosive success of Kings Of Leon illustrates the growing popularity of album downloading among music fans, which has been steadily increasing over the past three years.”
Only By The Night has sold over 2.4m units overall, holding a position in the Official Albums Top 75 for 58 weeks. It has produced three hit singles, including the number 1 Sex On Fire and Use Somebody, which peaked at 2 in the Official Singles Chart. Between them the two releases have amounted 89 weeks in the singles Top 75.
The legitimate digital music business first took off in 2004, driven by individual track downloads through services such as iTunes, Napster and 7 Digital, with album downloading beginning to take-off in the first half of 2006.
TOP TEN OFFICIAL ALL-TIME UK ALBUM DOWNLOADS
- ONLY BY THE NIGHT – KINGS OF LEON
- THE FAME – LADY GAGA
- LUNGS – FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
- IT’S NOT ME IT’S YOU – LILY ALLEN
- VIVA LA VIDA OR DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS – COLDPLAY
- ROCKFERRY – DUFFY
- BACK TO BLACK – AMY WINEHOUSE
- THE END – BLACK EYED PEAS
- THE SCRIPT – SCRIPT
- I AM SASHA FIERCE – BEYONCE