2006 in British music charts

2006 In British Music Charts

2006 in British music charts

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This is a summary of 2006 in music in the United Kingdom including the official single and album charts.


  • At both ends of the year, the chart was dominated by acts from series 2 and series 3 of the television show The X Factor. Shayne Ward, Chico Slimani and Leona Lewis from the show had number one singles, with Ward and Journey South both enjoying number one albums.
  • A number of pop acts from the 1990s enjoyed comebacks, with Take That in particular having chart and touring success; Emma Bunton and All Saints also returned to the charts.
  • The internet had an increased impact on music. Sandi Thom and Lily Allen both had massive success off the back of initial exposure on the web, Many artists used MySpace to spread their music to the wider world Downloaded music also began to dominate the charts,with sales of legal downloads rising from less than six million in 2004 to over 50 million in 2006. When the rules changed, "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley became the first song to top the singles chart on the basis of downloads alone. From the beginning of 2007, 'physical' copies of a song no longer need to be issued for a song to chart which raises the possibility of golden oldies entering the charts on the back of downloads alone.
  • The rise of the internet's influence contrasted with the end of some other long running pop media. Smash Hits magazine and Top...... ... ...
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