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Startup Instrumental signs deal with Official Charts Company

British startup Instrumental has been winning plaudits for its data-focused A&R platform in recent months, with a $4m funding round, a feature from the Financial Times, and new clients across the industry. Now it has a...
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Music analytics in 2018: ‘Data will tell you what’s hot, but not what is good’

Tied to the publication of the new report from British industry bodies ERA and BPI (Magic Numbers: How Can Data & Analytics Really Help The Music Industry?) and written by Music Ally, an afternoon of presentations and panel...
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UK singles chart adds video streams and ‘weighted’ audio streams

The Official Charts Company in the UK is overhauling not just the way it tabulates streams but also what types of streams are now counted. Online video streams from services like YouTube will count towards the singles...
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Grime music consumption up 93% in the UK says BPI

Awards, chart-topping albums and continued critical acclaim have made the last year a big one for UK grime. Now British industry body the BPI has put out some figures to quantify the genre’s rise, in partnership with Disrupt...
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Official Charts Company launches own streaming playlists

As our lead story today explores, streaming services are now having a big influence on the UK’s singles chart. But the body that compiles that chart, the Official Charts Company, is also deepening its involvement on...
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Ed Sheeran, the charts and the law of unintended consequences

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran and label Atlantic Records, who enjoyed a record-breaking week for sales, streams and chart placements as expected. Sheeran’s home country was one of the first to declare figures, with his...
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Streaming is now 80% of the UK singles market

It was no surprise to see Drake dominating the UK singles rankings for 2016. His ‘One Dance’ notched up 1.95m combined sales last year according to the Official Charts Company – 530k downloads and 142m streams. But...
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Solo artists ruled the UK roost in 2015 says BPI

Solo artists accounted for a 60% market share of album sales in the UK in 2015, according to research published by the BPI. In fact, the five top albums all belonged to solo acts: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Elvis Presley...
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Albums sold at gigs will now be chart-eligible in the UK

The UK’s Official Charts Company has announced a new addition to its albums chart. No, not YouTube streams (yet) – it will now count albums sold at gigs across the UK, via a new system called Lightning Live. The Guardian...
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UK’s official albums chart adds streaming data, but down-weights hits

From 23 February, the UK's official albums chart will include streaming as well as sales. The Official Charts Company announced the long-awaited change in policy this morning, complete with methodology designed to stop...
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Meghan Trainor charts in the UK based on streams alone

It’s all about that bass for Meghan Trainor, but also all about those streams in the UK, where her song wasn’t on sale until this week. On streams alone last week, ‘All About That Bass’ charted at...
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UK’s Official Charts Company adding streams to its singles chart from July

Those rumours earlier in the year about streaming getting added to the UK's official singles chart were correct: early this morning the Official Charts Company confirmed its plans. The first singles chart to include streams...