Online Song Album sales double in 2006

Nielsen SoundScan, a data information system that tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product, Nielsen BDS, a music performance monitoring service, and Nielsen RingScan, which tracks mobile ringtone purchases, have announced their 2006 U.S. year-end sales and airplay monitoring data for the 52-week period January 2 through December 31, 2006.

Digital albums have more than doubled in 2006 to reach 42.4 million. It still pales in comparison with sales of physical albums (around 704 million). However physical albums were down while Digital albums were up substantially. More than 580 million digital tracks were purchased during 2006; an increase of 65% over 2005.

Also worth nothing

- Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" track sets the mark for the biggest selling week for an individual Digital Track, with sales of 269,000 (previous record was Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" at 250,000 sales.

- 22 Digital Songs exceeded the 1 million sales mark for the year compared to only 2 Digital Songs in 2005.