The Kings of Leon and GPS: what the UK likes according to iTunes

357 itunes.jpgIf iTunes were a music critic, her top album would be Kings of Leon “Only By The Night”. That’s the most downloaded album on the UK iTunes in 2009. The top song would be “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.

In the UK, Lily Allen’s album It’s Not Me It’s You came second in the UK iTunes charts, showing that we like a bit of local talent. Other Brit albums in the UK’s top ten included Florence and the Machine, the Prodigy and Kasabian. Lady Gaga has done quite well – notching up a top ten album and two top ten singles. I won’t claim I’m not strangely fascinated by her. I’m more into that weird tranny synth-pop than bland dance Black Eyed Peas style. But that’s me. And not the voice of iTunes. Hard stats are difficult to argue with. Here are the lists:

Top Sellers

1. Kings of Leon “Only By The Night”
2. Lily Allen “It’s Not Me, It’s You”
3. Lady GaGa “The Fame”
4. The Prodigy “Invaders Must Die”
5. Florence + The Machine “Lungs”
6. Beyoncé “I Am…Sasha Fierce”
7. Kasabian “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum”
8. Michael Jackson “Number Ones”
9. Black Eyed Peas “The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)
10. The Script “The Script”

1. Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”
2. Lady GaGa “Poker Face”
3. Colby O’Donis / Lady GaGa “Just Dance”
4. Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow”
5. Cheryl Cole “Fight For This Love”
6. La Roux “In For The Kill”
7. Tinchy Stryder “Number 1”
8. Alexandra Burke “Bad Boys (feat. Flo Rida)”
9. Lily Allen “The Fear”
10. Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody”

Interesting to iPhone geeks – is Apple’s list of the biggest grossing UK apps of 09. Not the most downloaded, notice, just the ones bringing the most cash in. Basically, it seems to be costly GPS ones that make the most money: number one is CoPilot, a GPS app selling for £26.99 and the TomTom app at number two is a gasp-inducing £59.99. I am not surprised the National Rail Enquires app is making money, it costs £4.99 which is pretty extortionate for some timetables in my humble opinion.

Anyway. The list:

Apps (Biggest Grossing)
1. CoPilot Live UK & Ireland (ALK Technologies)
2. TomTom UK & Ireland (Tom Tom International BV)
3. The Sims 3 (BV)
4. National Rail Enquiries (Agant)
5. Tom Tom Western Europe (Tom Tom International BV)
6. Scrabble (Electronic Arts Nederland BV)
7. WORMS (Team 17 Software)
8. Sonic The Hedgehog (SEGA)
9. MobileNavigator British Isles (NAVIGON AG)
10. Need For Speed Undercover (Electronic Arts Nederland BV)

Related: The Palm Pre is iTunes compatible: Watch out Apple!

Anna Leach


  • aaah, no i mean that affectionately as possible. and think exactly the opposite.
    sorry though, if that could be read as offensive..

  • “…weird tranny synth-pop”?

    I do hope you’re referring to transistor radios, and not trans gendered people, as if they are somehow inhuman.

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