London (ANI): American singer Lady Gaga has helped download sales in the UK shoot up by more than 50 percent, according to new figures. According to the music industry body of the BPI, songs and albums bought from online retailers like iTunes yielded 154 million pounds in 2009, reports The Telegraph. The music industry generated 928.8million pounds in 2009, the figures say.
Digital services make up for one-fifth of the music revenue that comes to U.K. "It's encouraging to see industry revenues stabilise and even show modest growth in 2009," BPI chief executive, Geoff Taylor said.
"The CD continues to show greater resilience than many predicted it is an excellent digital product. The pace of growth of new digital services is encouraging, but the size of the market continues to be constrained by competition from illegal downloads," he added.