The UK is to get its first official music downloads chart, it has been revealed.

The chart will launch on September 1, and will be based on sales from iTunes, Napster, Mycokemusic, OD2, and others, according to the BBC.

The Official Charts Company (OCC), who will compile the chart, said: "The rapid growth of legal download music sites has shown the music industry that downloading is the future."

The OCC's Omar Maskatiya said: "It's the most significant development in the charts since the advent of the compact disc."

British Phonographic Industry chairman Peter Jamieson told the BBC: "Accessing music through legal downloading is a major part of the future of music and should be represented with its own chart. The launch of the Official Download Chart this September demonstrates the growing maturity of the legal download market in the UK."