Italian music industry body FIMI yesterday (April 10) published the country's first digital singles chart.

Italian music industry body FIMI yesterday (April 10) published the country's first digital singles chart.

Local artist Gianna Nannini's "Sei nell'anima" (Universal) topped the inaugural Official Digital Top 10 chart. Mary J. Blige's "One" (Universal) and Madonna's "Sorry" (Warner Bros) took second and third place, respectively. FIMI did not reveal actual sales figures.

The Official Digital Top 10 is based on sales data gathered by Nielsen Soundscan. At launch, the new chart accounts for sales reported by 10 digital stores including Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store, Coca Cola Music Store, MSN Music Club Italy and Tiscali Italy.

In a statement, FIMI president Enzo Mazza noted that the Italian digital market is on the rise. "Digital music is growing rapidly in Italy. In 2005, more than 14 million songs were acquired through digital channels, representing some 4% of the market." These figures, he says, are expected to increase in 2006.