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UK gets streaming music charts next week

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Thu May 10, 2012

UK Official Charts Company measuring Spotify usage

The Official Charts Company of the UK from Monday onwards will start releasing a chart based solely on streamed music tracks. The Official Streaming Chart will be the first chart ranking audio streams from both ad-funded and subscription streaming services in the UK, instead of product sales or radio airplay figures.

The OCC has been tracking and counting downloads into the singles and album charts since 2004 after iTunes started in the UK, and has been gathering streaming data from 2009 for industry statistics, but has not created a weekly chart based on the information until now. Music streaming services being measured for the chart include Deezer, Spotify, Napster, Zune, We7, and ChartsNow.

The current most-streamed artist of 2012 until the end of April is Ed Sheeran, with the most-streamed track so far being Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye Featuring Kimbra.

by MacNN Staff



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