Official charts revamp rules to stop highstreamed acts from dominating the top 40
publish date: 2016-12-19
The Official Charts Company has changed the number of streams needed to count as a sale in an attempt to stop high-streamed acts from dominating the top 40.
From January, rather than 100 streams being equated to the sale of a track, it’ll take 150 streams for a 'sale' to be added to a song.
Speaking to Complete Music Update, chief chart overseer Martin Talbot said; 'It is testament to the rapidly changing nature of music consumption in the UK – and the huge shift we are seeing towards streaming – that we are updating the way we measure the contribution of streams to the make-up of the official charts as quickly as we are. Streaming is growing exponentially and the weighting we use to reflect its impact will inevitably keep evolving with it'.
Earlier this year, Drake's 'One Dance' became the first song to be streamed one billion times via Spotify. It was number one on the UK's official charts for 15 weeks.