2006 Top Artists based on digital downloads

According to NPD, these are the most popular artists for 2006 based on the number of digital downloads via paid digital music services:

1. The Fray*
2. Nickelback
3. George Carlin*
4. Justin Timberlake*
5. Rascal Flatts*
6. Linkin Park
7. Johnny Cash
8. Creedence Clearwater Revival
9. Pink*
10. The White Stripes

an asterisk (*) denotes a nominee for a Grammy award this year

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The Fray
Denver quartet

Isaac Slade (vocals, piano)
Joe King (guitar, vocals)
Ben Wysocki (drums)
Dave Welsh (guitar)

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Compare with:
2006 Top Artists based on CD purchases
2006 Top Artists based on peer-to-peer downloads