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PM reveals plan for age ratings on explicit music videos

David Cameron has said online music videos could be given age ratings to help protect children from sexual or explicit content.

Rihanna's music videos have been criticised for being too sexually explicit for younger viewers.
Rihanna's music videos have been criticised for being too sexually explicit for younger viewers. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/DPA/Press Association Images

Unveiling a pilot scheme backed by YouTube and the British Board of Film Classification, the Prime Minister pledged to put strengthening families "at the heart" of everything the Government does.

Raunchy music videos for tracks such as Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines and Rihanna's Pour It Up have led to renewed calls to restrict what children can see on YouTube and other video sharing websites.

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Proms director hits back at dumbing down claims

Proms director Roger Wright has defended this year's event after it was accused of "dumbing down".

Paloma Faith will be performing with an orchestra, while Rufus Wainwright and the Pet Shop Boys will also take to the stage during the classical music event.

Concerts aimed at viewers of pre-school channel CBeebies and performances of sporting themes such as Horse Of The Year Show and Match Of The Day also feature in this year's Proms season.

Wright told Radio Times magazine that he hoped names like Faith and the Pet Shop Boys will draw new audiences to classical music.

"These acts have the potential to draw new audiences into the Albert Hall to listen to orchestras and sample an element of the Proms. The hope is then that they'll come back to hear more," he added.

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Ariana Grande first to top Britain's streaming chart

Ariana Grande scored her first number one with her hit Problem featuring Iggy Azalea.
Ariana Grande scored her first number one with her hit Problem featuring Iggy Azalea. Credit: PA

US singer Ariana Grande has made British chart history by becoming the first number one single based on sales and streaming.

The 21-year-old's hit Problem featuring rapper Iggy Azalea was streamed 712,000 times. Grande also pulled in 106,000 sales, the Official Charts Company said.

It is the first time songs played on streaming services like Spotify, Deezer, Napster, O2 Tracks, Xbox Music and Sony's Music Unlimited have counted towards the chart rankings alongside physical and digital sales, the Official Charts Company said.

Of her debut number one, Grande said: "I'm so happy. Yay."

New chart count sees Ariana Grande way out in front

Earlier this week Official Charts Company said.said US singer Ariana Grande was way out in front to top the singles chart with Problem featuring Iggy Azalea selling more than double her nearest rival Ella Henderson.

New chart count sees Ariana Grande way out in front. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

By Tuesday Grande's song clocked up around 55,000 sales - with 1% of those from streaming, while Henderson's track Ghost had 21,000 sales, 8% of which were from streaming. George Ezra's Budapest was on course to rise to number three following his performance at last weekend's Glastonbury festival.

Meanwhile Ed Sheeran's Sing - expected to be number four - was predicted to be the most streamed track of the week with 13% of his sales accounted for through online listening, also possibly given a boost by his appearance at Glastonbury.

Other acts to have benefited from performing at the festival include country star Dolly Parton whose 1973 single Jolene is on course to make the top 40.

Official singles chart to include streaming for first time

The official singles chart will see online streaming from services such as Spotify and Deezer included for the first time.

The move to include streamed songs alongside downloads and physical sales follows a massive surge of interest in audio streams over the last 12 months, the Official Charts Company said.

Official singles chart to include streaming for first time. Credit: PA

Music fans have gone from streaming 100 million tracks a week at the beginning of last year to 200 million a week in January, while this has risen to between 250 and 260 million in the past month.

Listeners will need to have streamed a song for a minimum of 30 seconds for it to count, with 100 streams of a song counting as one sale.

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