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Digital music sales hit 1 billion mark

Nielsen reports 28% spike in purchases

The 1 billion sold mark has been crossed in the digital music arena.

Nielsen Soundscan reported that 1 billion digital tracks have been sold this year and it is believed the year will close at 1.04 billion, a 28% jump from 2007’s sales of 844 million.

Of the year’s total, 17% of the sales are of top 200 title. Soundscan started tracking digital sales in the middle of 2003.

The year’s biggest seller is Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love,” which has moved 3.3 million copies to date.

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