David Bowie‘s new album ‘The Next Day’ isn’t out until March, but it’s already topping Apple’s iTunes music charts in 17 countries thanks to pre-orders. Apple is getting a Deluxe version of the album, mastered for iTunes and with three extra songs. However, the fact that single ‘Where Are We Now?‘ is a free download for anyone who pre-orders the album is causing issues in the UK, where the Official Charts Company says the song is chart-ineligible due to the inability to separate out those free promotional downloads with other sales of the single. “Should it become possible in the future for regular track sales to be distinguished from album pre-order incentive purchases, then these sales can be counted towards the chart,” explains an OCC statement. Also notable: ‘Where Are We Now?’ is not being withheld from streaming music services, despite the Apple deal: it’s available to stream on Spotify here in the UK.

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