Local artists took the honors in Italy last year, according to 2006 sales results released by local trade body FIMI.

FIMI reports that local artists accounted for 80% of album sales in 2006, in a market that has traditionally seen a 50:50 split between foreign and local.

In the albums chart, compiled by ACNielsen, first place went to Laura Pausini with "Io Canto" (Atlantic), followed by Gianna Nannini's "Grazie" (Polydor), and Elisa's "Soundtrack 96-06" (Sugar/Warner Music Italy).

Warner Music Italy president and CEO Massimo Giuliano tells Billboard.biz that the Laura Pausini album has "sold 500,000 units since its Nov. 10 release. This is a fantastic result and one which is reminiscent of the market of a decade ago. This is encouraging."

The top-selling international artist album was Madonna's "Confessions On a Dance Floor" (Warner Brothers), which took the No. 8 spot.

In the singles chart, also compiled by ACNielsen, local indie act Zero Assoluto took first and third places, respectively, with Universo/Sony BMG releases "Svegliarsi La Mattina" and "Sei Parte di Me."

Shakira's Hips Don't Lie (featuring Jean Wyclef, Epic Sony) took the No. 2 spot. Another international act, Pink Floyd, topped the music DVD chart with "Pulse" (EMI Marketing). The "High School Musical" (EMI Marketing) record topped the compilation chart.