Homegrown artists accounted for seven of the top ten places on Italy's year-end annual albums chart for 2005, according to figures prepared by ACNielsen, the official compiler of the weekly national s

Homegrown artists accounted for seven of the top ten places on Italy's year-end annual albums chart for 2005, according to figures prepared by ACNielsen, the official compiler of the weekly national sales charts for labels body FIMI.

Local artist Biagio Antonacci's album "Convivendo, Part 2 (Mercury/Universal)" was the top-selling album last year. Universal Music Italy reports sales of 500,000 units for the album. Canadian artist Michael Bublé's "It's Time" (Warner Bros.) came in at No. 2, followed by Eros Ramazzotti's "Calma Apparente" (Sony BMG).

On the 2005 singles charts, top place went to Povia's "I Bambini Fanno Ooh" (Target), followed by Madonna's "Hung Up" and Sugarfree's "Cleptomania," both issued by Warner.

EMI-signed Italian artist Vasco Rossi took first and third place on the music DVD chart with "Buoni o Cattivi" and "E Solo Un Rock'n'Roll Show," respectively. Second place in the DVD chart went to Ligabue’s “Campovolo” (Warner).

In a statement FIMI president Enzo Mazza notes, "Italian artists continue to account for well over 50% of the country's sales and this is one of the highest percentages in the world."

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