Radio 1 celebrates 10 years of downloads

BBC Radio 1 is to count down ‘The Official All-Time Download Top 100’ of the past 10 years with presenters Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil.

The three will be on-air on Bank Holiday Monday 21st April from 12pm till 7pm, with Fearne and Scott starting the chart and The Official Chart host Jameela taking over for the final few hours to finish the countdown, reveal the Number 1 spot and the most popular download of the decade.

The legitimate digital music market took off ten years ago in 2004 and BBC Radio 1 was the first radio station to start including legal downloads in the Official Singles Chart.

George Ergatoudis, Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra said, “Downloads started arguably the biggest revolution in the history of the music industry, transforming the way audiences discover and enjoy music. After a decade of legal downloading in the UK it’s time for Radio 1 to celebrate with a countdown revealing the nation’s Top 100 most downloaded songs. Given how much choice and how quickly music fans can now access their favourite songs, there may be a few surprises in store!”

According to The Official Charts Company, the singles market in the UK is now more than 99% digital. There have been more than 1.17 billion single track downloads bought in the UK in the past ten years.

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 7:00 am by RadioToday

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