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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. 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.

Bastille: Charts should reflect how people digest music

Brit Award-winning band Bastille's song Pompeii has been streamed more than any other track in the UK, with more than 26 million plays.

Asked about the news music streaming will be included in the Official Singles Chart, Bastille frontman Dan Smith said, "I think for the charts to be fair it has to reflect how people digest music."

'Time is now right' to add streaming to UK singles chart

The Official Charts Company said "the time is now right" to add music streaming to the UK singles chart for the first time.

Chief executive Martin Talbot said:

Audio streaming has grown at an extraordinary rate over the past year - and the time is now right to take this important step.

Just as it [the Official Singles Chart] has evolved through the years to reflect the most popular music in the UK, from 10-inch to seven-inch, vinyl to cassingles, CD singles to downloads, this is the latest stage of that progression.

Music streaming to be included in UK singles chart

Music streaming on services such as Spotify and Napster will be included in the UK singles chart from July 6.

Spotify, Napster and Deezer are among those music streaming services included in the deal. Credit: Britta Pedersen/DPA/Press Association Images

The Official Charts Company will weight the streaming so that 100 plays amount to one physical sale to differentiate between buying one specific track and merely choosing to play it as part of a general service.

So far this year, the average weekly figures volume of streaming is 70 times greater than the combined sales of downloads and physical singles.


Jack White album breaks 20-year vinyl sales record

US singer-songwriter and record producer Jack White has set a new record for vinyl sales in one week, beating the previous total set by Pearl Jam.

Jack White sold 40,000 vinyl copies of his new LP, Lazaretto. Credit: Ian West/PA

James Donio, the President of the Music Business Association told SPIN magazine: "There is an appetite for physical formats, especially for artists who go the extra mile to offer something truly unique."

Since the album's debut a week ago, White has sold 40,000 copies which beats 34,000 for Pearl Jam's album Vitalogy.

Chubby Checker in plea to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Chubby Checker has urged the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct him into its exclusive club before it is too late.

The Twist and Let's Twist Again singer said, "I don't want to get in there when I'm 85 years old. I'll tell them to drop dead, so you better do it quick while I'm still smiling".

Rock'n'roll star Chubby Checker on the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala's red carpet. Credit: Dennis Van Tine/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York, the 72-year-old Grammy winner stressed: "If you put me in when I'm too old to make a living, then it's no good for me to be in there."

"The Rolling Stones, they're in there. The Beastie Boys are in there, they're young. Hall and Oates were just in there and they're still making money."

Upcoming Apple product line-up 'best in 25 years'

An Apple executive has said the company's upcoming line-up will be the "best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple", according to tech site Re/code.

Senior Vice President Eddy Cue was speaking after the technology giant confirmed its $3bn (£1.78bn) takeover of Beats Electronics, which includes both the company's flagship headphones and its music streaming service.

Dr Dre's Beats Electronics was rumoured to be dealmaking with Apple three weeks ago, but Apple didn't confirm this until now. Credit: PA

Cue also praised Apple CEO Tim Cook as a tremendous leader, rejecting claims that the company had had to “reset” after Steve Jobs' death in 2011.

Apple products rumoured to be in the pipeline include a refreshed Apple TV, large iPhones, an iWatch and a possible venture into health-related technology.

Beats co-founder: Company 'belongs with Apple'

One of the co-founders of Beats Electronics has said he has "always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple".

Jimmy Iovine's comments come after Apple's $3bn (£1.78bn) acquisition of the headphones manufacturer.

The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple's unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple's deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.

– Beats Electronics co-founder Jimmy Iovine

The media mogul co-founded Beat Electronics in 2008 with US rapper and producer Dr Dre, who after the deal with Apple reportedly called himself the "first billionaire in hip hop".

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