Morrissey's latest set "Ringleader of the Tormentors" has made history by topping the first U.K. albums chart to incorporate physical units with digital downloads.

Morrissey's latest set "Ringleader of the Tormentors" has made history by topping the first U.K. albums chart to incorporate physical units with digital downloads.

The Attack/Sanctuary record opened yesterday (April 9) at the top of the new-look Official U.K. Albums chart with almost 62,709 copies sold. "Ringleaders" was downloaded 1,283 times and was one of only a handful of album downloads to reach quadruple figures.

Embrace's "This New Day" was the biggest-selling download album of the week with 1,914 sales.

Charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company has been gathering digital albums sales data for "test charts" since the beginning of 2006.

Although digital albums only account for roughly 60,000 sales each week, OCC charts director Omar Maskatiya says the market was ripe to include downloads in the weekly chart.

"Last year 1.8 million digital albums were downloaded," Maskatiya remarked. "Already in quarter one -- a traditionally slow sales period for the music industry -- over 825,000 digital albums have been downloaded. This is equivalent to nearly 50% of last year's total digital album market."

The OCC relaunched its singles chart on April 17, 2005 to incorporate physical and digital singles sales.

The chart compiler, which is a joint venture of labels body the BPI and retail trade body BARD, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the albums chart in July.

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