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Supermarket to axe music singles

Asda says move down to digital download success


A supermarket chain is dropping music singles in the wake of the success of digital downloads, it announced today.

Asda will stop selling singles after around 20 years to concentrate only on music albums.

The chain said dwindling customer demand for singles sold in-store was down to cheaper album prices and the popularity of digital downloads.

Cheaper albums

It is phasing out singles from this week and plans to dedicate extra space to albums by new and local artists.

Asda previously sold the Top 20 chart songs on CD single. It is dropping them from all 336 of its UK outlets.

The chain’s music buyer Andy Powell said: ‘We’re reluctantly saying goodbye to one of the most important products in music history.

‘The single will always be a historic icon in the music world, but the fact of the matter is customers want more than just a song from their favourite artists – they want the whole album at an affordable price.’

Digital chart

Crazy by Gnarls Barkley last year became the UK’s first number one single based solely on download sales.

It followed a rule change which meant downloads could be counted towards chart positions providing copies would hit the shops the following week.

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