Report: U.K. Pop Charts To Include All Downloads
January 5, 2007 at 11:38 AM (PT)
Any song downloaded from the Internet will now be able to compete for the #1 slot on the U.K. weekly pop singles charts, REUTERS reports. Previously, only songs that were physically available for purchase in shops counted toward the chart; while downloads could be included, but only for one week before the actual CD single went on sale and for two weeks after it stopped appearing in stores.
The move by the OFFICIAL U.K. CHARTS COMPANY (OCC) represents one of the biggest overhauls of the British chart since its inception 54 years ago. "This new ruling changes the nature of a single and puts the consumer in the driving seat," said OCC Director STEVE REDMOND.