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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. The Official Charts Company will weight the streaming so that 100 plays amount to one physical sale.

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'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.

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