News: Lil' Wayne, Rihanna, T-Pain Make Digital History

Monday, Jan 5, 2009 10:15AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne


As physical album sales declined yet again in 2008, Lil' Wayne, T-Pain, Rihanna and Leona Lewis are among the bright spots by helping to fuel a 27 percent upsurge in digital sales.

According to CNET, Lewis' smash hit "Bleeding Love" topped the year's top selling digital songs by moving more than 3,420,000 copies. From her platinum selling album Spirit, the British singer led the way for a digital sales revolution.

Despite having the top selling album of the year, Tha Carter III, Weezy fell to second place as "Lollipop" closely followed with an estimated total 3,161,000 (legal) digital downloads. Featuring Static Major, the record has become one of the rapper's most popular tracks from his decade long career.

Newcomer Flo Rida's "Low," with help from T-Pain, helped digital sales last year by bringing a final count of 2,979,000 sold.

Rihanna shook things up with her club smashing track "Disturbia" from the re-released album Good Girl Gone Bad, which ranked at No. 6 with 2,766,000 sold copies.

T.I.'s "Whatever You Like" garnered a steady following throughout the summer and into the new year as the single followed behind the R&B songstress at No. 7 with 2,682,000 scanned units.

Finally, Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks' duet, "No Air," was able to land No. 9 on 2008's Top Selling Digital Songs moving more than 2,590,000.


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