Video to enter UK’s Official Singles Chart this summer
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The UK’s Official Singles Chart enters a new era this summer, with music fans’ consumption of video counting towards the weekly rundown for the first time, the Official Charts Company can confirm.
Streaming and downloading of videos from artists ranging from Dua Lipa to Drake, Arctic Monkeys to Ariana Grande will count towards the UK’s only official singles countdown, which is compiled by the Official Charts Company and unveiled by BBC Radio 1 every Friday afternoon.
The change, developed in conjunction with, and supported by, the British music industry and digital platforms, comes as established audio services such as Apple Music and Spotify add video to their offer and as YouTube launches their first subscription service in the UK, signalling a key moment in the development of the premium music video sector.
The change is designed to ensure the chart remains a showcase for hit music, however music fans choose to access it. The Official Singles Chart will continue to be the only official and most comprehensive countdown in the UK market, reflecting sales of downloads, CD and vinyl, as well as streams of audio tracks or video tracks, whether on premium subscription or ad-funded services.
The services which will contribute video streams will include Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and Tidal. The change will be effective from the chart published on July 6.
Source Official Charts Company
June 25, 2018 9:34am ET by Official Charts Company