The one billionth single to be sold online in the UK was downloaded last night, while figures show Adele’s Someone Like You is the most downloaded song of all time.
The billionth digital single was sold in the UK yesterday.
According to the Official Charts Company, the purchase was made late last night, nine years after the launch of the online chart format in 2004.
Sales of digital singles in the UK have surged in recent years with more than three million tracks purchased each week. A total of 188.6 million tracks were purchased last year – a new record in the UK.
A chart released to coincide with the billionth purchase shows that Adele’s Someone Like You is the most-downloaded song ever in the UK. The track, which topped the UK charts in 2011 and went on to become the second best-selling single of the 21st century, has been downloaded 1.46m times.
It is closely followed in second place by Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger with 1.40m downloads. Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, Rihanna’s We Found Love (featuring Calvin Harris) and the 2009 Black Eyed Peas' hit I Gotta Feeling complete the top five.
The one billion figure includes sales of singles and album tracks bought individually, but does not include the download of whole albums.
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: "The explosion in download sales over the past nine years means we are genuinely now living in the digital music age - with Adele as our queen.
"Over the nine years of legitimate digital music, more than 16 new tracks have sold one million copies, which emphasises just how popular digital music is in the modern age."
Official all-time singles download chart in the UK (2004-present)
1. Someone Like You - Adele
2. Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
3. Somebody That I Used To Know - Gotye feat. Kimbra
4. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
5. We Found Love - Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
6. Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
7. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
8. Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO/Lauren Bennett/Goonrock
9. Just The Way You Are (Amazing) - Bruno Mars
10. Price Tag - Jessie J