Duffy is 2008’s biggest-selling artist

Only Coldplay and Nickelback are flying the flag for guitar bands


New figures released today (7 July) by the Official UK Charts Company show that Duffy has secured both the best-selling album and single of 2008 so far.

The Welsh singer's debut album, Rockferry, is the biggest-selling album of 2008, while Mercy is the best-selling single. Both went to Number 1 in the UK and she debuted in the US album charts at 4.

The rundowns are bad news for rock bands. Nickelback and Coldplay and are the only guitar-based bands in the album Top 10s - and MusicRadar might argue that Nickelback's appearance is bad news for music, full stop.

Here's the rundown on what the UK public has been buying.

The best-selling singles of 2008 so far are

1. Duffy – Mercy
2. Nickleback – Rockstar
3. Basshunter featuring DJ Mental Theo – Now You're Gone
4. Estelle featuring Kanye West – American Boy
5. Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes
6. Flo Rida featuring T-Pain – Low
7. Sam Sparrow – Black And Gold
8. Rihanna – Don't Stop The Music
9. Adele – Chasing Pavements
10. H Two O featuring Platinum – What's It Gonna Be

The best-selling albums of 2008 so far are

1. Duffy – Rockferry
2. Coldplay – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
3. Nickleback – All The Right Reasons
4. Scouting For Girls – Scouting For Girls
5. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (Deluxe Edition)
6. Leona Lewis – Spirit
7. Adele – 19
8. Amy MacDonald – This Is The Life
9. Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion
10. Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark