Born To Die
First quarter of 2012 sees digital music sales overtake those of physical formats for the first time

It was only a matter of time – sales of digital music have finally overtaken those of physical formats such as CD and vinyl.

The latest figures released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) show that digital sales accounted for more than half (55.8%) of the £155.8m spent on music in the UK during the first quarter of 2012.

Income from digital sales has risen by nearly a quarter year-on-year to £86.5m, while revenue from CDs and vinyl dropped by 15% to £69.3m.

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor says the results represent a "significant milestone in the evolution of the music business".

The best selling digital albums during the first quarter of 2012 were:

More after the break

  •   1 Born To Die by Lana Del Rey
  •   2 Our Version of Events by Emile Sande
  •   3 + by Ed Sheeran

Taking into account digital and physical album sales combined, the best sellers were: