Norway is already one of the most advanced markets in the world in terms of streaming music’s penetration, and now it’s taking that further by including streaming stats in the calculations for the official albums chart. Streams on WiMP and Spotify will now be included in both the album and singles chart in Norway, having been used for the latter since spring 2011. “We’ve been working on a model for a combined album chart for a long time now. We’re very happy to finally present a new and revitalised album chart,” said IFPI Norway MD Marte Thorsby in a statement. “Of the total music sales in Norway, streaming accounts for nearly 70%, which is one of the largest streaming shares in the world. The time is right to include streaming in the album chart.” In July, IFPI Norway revealed that recorded music revenues were up 17% in the first half of this year, following a 7% rise for the whole of 2012. Streaming accounted for 32% of Norwegian recorded music revenues in 2011, 45% in 2012 and 66% in the first half of 2013, so the 70% figure is an advance on that.