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Streams to be added to Billboard 200 album chart calculations

 

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As consumers move in greater numbers to streaming music rather than buying it, Billboard and the Nielsen SoundScan sales monitoring service that gathers the data on which the charts are based are to recognize that shift in determining chart positions. Under the new plan, 1,500 streams of any song will be treated as the equivalent of one album sold, and counted toward that album’s position on the weekly Billboard 200 album ranking.

The new policy is to be implemented for the sales week starting Monday and running through next Sunday, and will appear in charts published in Billboard’s Dec. 4 issue.

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