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UK to finally include streaming in its singles music chart

Matt Brian, @m4tt
February 18, 2014
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The UK could soon join its US and European counterparts by using streaming play counts to help determine its top 40 singles chart. BBC News reports that music streamed on services like Spotify and YouTube could be included later this year, expanding the traditional sales-based chart metrics to better reflect the tastes of the British public. The Official Charts Company, which compiles CD sales and music downloads from services like iTunes on behalf of the British record industry, already offers a separate Top 100 music streaming chart, but has not set a date to roll out the new changes. It'll have to take into account what services will be included and work out how many plays of a track constitutes as one sale before it does. Given that streaming now accounts for almost 10 percent of UK music revenue, it's about time its public's love of Daft Punk is recognized.

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