Following a familiar trend, the overall Canadian music industry -- bolstered by digital sales -- grew by 9.8% on a unit basis last year, while album sales experienced a 4.7% drop, according to Nielsen SoundScan Canada.

Album sales totaled 46.2 million units last year, down from 2005's total of 48.5 million copies, but digital track sales more than doubled to 14.9 million units, sending overall unit sales to 46.1 million units.

When track equivalent sales are included album sales rise to 47.7 million copies and the gap between last year and 2005's total of 49.3 million units narrows to a 3.2% drop.

In looking at market share, the Universal Music Group ranked first with 35.7%, followed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment which tallied 21.6%, and the independent sector, which collectively finished with an 18.3% slice of the pie. Warner Music Group scored 14.5% followed by EMI Music, which stood at 9.9%.

The biggest selling titles last year in Canada was James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam, which stood at 456,000 units; Dixie Chicks' "Taking The Long Way;" and Nelly Furtado's "Loose."

The top selling digital track in Canada was Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback," which shifted 55,000 downloads.