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From:ireland.com Monday, 22nd January, 2007

'Bohemian Rhapsody' back in charts

Vodafone has taken credit for pushing the Queen hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" back into the Irish charts.

"The surprising reappearance of "Bohemian Rhapsody"  in the new top 20 official IRMA/Chart Track report last week displayed a significant shift in the choice available to music lovers and the influence this has had on the overall shape of the charts," Vodafone said today.

"Vodafone was responsible for 85 per cent of the sales of the track, catapulting it back into the top 20 for the first time since 1991."

Some 40 per cent of the new Irish top 40 singles are downloaded by customers of Vodafone's "live" service, the company has claimed.

Recent figures reveal that digital downloads now account for 56 per cent of the top 40 singles since the introduction of the new combined Irish singles chart on 1st January 2007.

Over 650,000 full tracks were downloaded last year, and the most popular was Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie", the mobile group said.


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