Music streaming included in UK chart

Published Monday, 23 June 2014
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Music streaming on services such as Spotify and Deezer are to be included in the UK singles chart from next month, the Official Charts Company has announced.

Music streaming included in UK chart
Bastille's Pompeii has been streamed more than any other track in the UK. (© Getty)

Music streaming will be weighted so that 100 plays amount to one physical sale to draw a difference between shelling out specifically for a track and merely choosing to play it as part of a general service.

Playing songs through on-demand services will feature in the Official Singles Chart for the first time on Sunday 6 July.

Music streaming as seen a huge increase in recent months with audio streams rising from around 100 million a week in January of last year to 200 million at the start of this year.

On average the number of weekly streams for 2014 is currently at 228 million, while the level of single sales trails significantly at 3.2 million.

Chart-topping hit Get Lucky by Daft Punk was the first to generate a million plays in a week but with the ongoing rise, there have already been nine songs this year which have run into seven figures in a week.

And two songs - Rather Be by Clean Bandit and Waves by Mr Probz - have now managed to achieve 1.5 million streams in a week.

To qualify, songs must be streamed for a minimum of 30 seconds and there will be controls in place to stop users playing songs too many times in order to manipulate the chart.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: "Audio streaming has grown at an extraordinary rate over the past year - and the time is now right to take this important step.

"The Official Singles Chart is, and always has been, the most trusted and definitive measure of Britain's music tastes. Just as it has evolved through the years to reflect the most popular music in the UK, from 10-inch to 7-inch, vinyl to cassingles, CD singles to downloads, this is the latest stage of that progression."

Brit Award-winning group Bastille lead the field with their song Pompeii which has been streamed more than any other track in the UK, with more than 26 million plays.

Frontman Dan Smith said: "I think for the charts to be fair it has to reflect how people digest music."

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