The UK's first Official Download charts were released on Radio 1 last night.
The charts are based on music downloads through the UK's leading services: iTunes, Napster, MyCokeMusic, Streets Online, 7 Digital Media, Playlouder, MSN Music, Big Noise Music, HMV, Virgin, Tiscali Music, Sonic Selector and Wanadoo.
The chart's compiled from the sale of permanently owned single track downloads and doesn't include streamed downloads, subscriptions or free downloads.
Major labels dominate
In its first incarnation, the chart appears dominated by major label acts, possibly reflecting the historical move by digital download services to license major label tracks before they moved on to sign independent labels. Key independent bands such as The Libertines are still missing from iTunes Music Store, for example.
A previous test chart had shown The Pixies song Bam thwok as the most downloaded track.
Six Warner artists, seven BMG artists, three Universal acts, three bands from Sony and one EMI artist feature in the first chart - and no independent artists at all. Independents account for 20-30 per cent of UK music sales.
While Apple dominates the UK download scene, the top twenty list accounts for individual artist song sales.
Charts - top ten
Top of the digital pops stands Westlife, with 'Flying Without Wings'.
2. 'Blazin Day',Blazin Squad
3. 'She Will Be Loved', Maroon 5
4. 'Lola's Theme', Shapeshifters
5. 'American Idiot', Green Day
6. 'This Love', Maroon 5
7. 'Dry Your Eyes', The Streets
8. 'Bedshaped', Keane
9. 'Laura', Scissor Sisters
10. 'Apocalypse Please', Muse
Number one in the conventional singles chart is Natasha Bedingfield with 'These Words'; while Dizzee Rascal's 'Stand up Tall' is number one in the independent charts.
A starting point
UK newspaper The Herald describes the first UK download chart as a "trail of popular songs, some of which have languished in the singles charts for months".
It does have hopes for the charts: "For a long time the charts have not really reflected consumer habits and demand. Now, I think there is an opportunity for it to regain its potency and become relevant again."