British pop song tops charts on download sales alone
Apr 3, 2006, 14:00 GMT
London - A pop song has made history in Britain by reaching the top of the charts based on download sales alone, it was reported Monday.
The song 'Crazy' by Gnarls Barclay, available in the shops only from Monday, has been downloaded more than 31,000 times on all internet sites, a spokesman for music chain HMV said.
Until this month, download sales could only count towards a chart position if the song could also be bought in shops.
'Crazy', which is used in trailers for a BBC radio music programme, knocked last week's top track 'So Sick', by Ne-Yo, off the top spot.
'This not only represents a watershed in how the charts are compiled, but shows that legal downloads have come of age,' said a HMV spokesman.
The duo behind Gnarls Barkley consists of US producer Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) and hip-hop artist Cee-Lo.© 2006 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur