First published on http://www.cbc.ca/
According to the company, weekly audio streams selected by U.K. music fans grew from 100 million a week in Jan. 2013 to 200 million a week in Jan. 2014. The figure currently sits at 260 million streams a week.
The way music charts are compiled differ from country to country. Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100 singles chart (Canada’s most popular songs across all genres) considers radio airplay info gathered by Nielsen BDS and sales data from Nielsen SoundScan.
In the U.S., the Billboard Hot 100 has counted streaming and YouTube success in its formula (along with sales, radio plays and other factors) since 2012. Meanwhile, in Sweden, audio streams have counted towards the nation’s singles chart since 2010.