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Billboard 200 Chart to Include On-Demand Streaming in Rankings — Update

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Starting next week there will be new ways for artists to climb the Billboard 200 album chart: selling singles and racking up streams on Spotify, changes that could complicate the ways record labels time the release of big new albums with chart-topping potential.

Instead of simply tabulating album sales, Billboard, the music trade magazine, and its data provider, Nielsen SoundScan, will use a new formula to rank the country’s most popular albums, counting 1,500 song streams as the equivalent of one album sale. To qualify, the streams must occur on on-demand, subscription services such as Spotify AB, Apple Inc.’s Beats Music, and Google Inc.’s All Access, which charge about $10 a month. The streams also must be requested by the user, not served up by custom radio features that some of the services offer. Streams on ad-supported radio services such as Pandora Media Inc. won’t count, nor will YouTube views, according to Nielsen.

 

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