Album charts to include streaming

Published: 12th February 2015

Album charts to include streaming

The Official Charts Company is to overhaul the album chart in this country to reflect the importance of streaming services like Spotify.

It is starting to incorporate streaming sales in its weekly tables, meaning that listens on Google Play, Deezer, Spotify and similar services will all count towards overall totals.

The company believes that the public will be slow to notice any marked difference to begin with.

Martin Talbot, the firm's chief, said early indications are that the move will have only a "modest" impact on the charts. But the streaming services' impact is likely to grow, he added.

Mr Talbot said the switch will boost its mission to collate the most reliable, updated and precise charts.

Taylor Swift, pictured in black tights , last year made the decision to pull of her songs from Spotify because she felt the streaming service did not value her music.

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