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Billboard Factors In Streaming And Downloaded Music Into Top 200 Chart: What Does It Mean For The Music Biz?

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Last Thursday marked Billboard’s biggest innovation since it began to use Nielsen’s point-of-sale data system, SoundScan, in 1991 to measure album sales. When it released its latest list of the 200 top-selling albums, the rankings included — for the first time — how many times songs had been streamed or downloaded, reported Marketplace. The conversion metric Billboard used counts 10 digital-track sales or 1,500 song streams as one album.

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