The U.K.'s fondness for music downloads has spawned a new virtual singles chart. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has announced it will be running a chart of the most popular U.K. downloads from Sept.1, with numbers gleaned from song-shop staples such as, Mycokemusic.com and Virgin.
The chart will be compiled by the Official U.K. Chart Company (OCC) and will be sponsored by Coca Cola. Like its traditional, physical-format counterpart, the download chart will be broadcast on BBC Radio 1, but initially, it will feature only the Top 20 singles. Newly reformed group The Pixies scooped No. 1 this week, according to BPI, with the single "Bam Thwok," available exclusively from iTunes.
Jo Best reported from London. For the full story, visit Silicon.com.