Lady Gaga aids music download sales

London: American singer Lady Gaga has helped increase download sales in the UK by more than 50 percent, according to new figures.

According to the music industry body the BPI, songs and albums bought from online retailers like iTunes yielded 154 million pounds in 2009, reports a newspaper.

The music industry generated 928.8 million pounds in 2009, the figures say.

Digital services make up for one-fifth of the music revenue that comes to U.K.

``It``s encouraging to see industry revenues stabilise and even show modest growth in 2009,” BPI chief executive, Geoff Taylor, said.

“The CD continues to show greater resilience than many predicted - it is an excellent digital product. The pace of growth of new digital services is encouraging, but the size of the market continues to be constrained by competition from illegal downloads,`` he added.