The Official Albums Chart will include audio streams for the first time from next month, following the addition of streaming to the singles chart last year.
The streaming data which will count towards the Official Albums Chart will be collected from plays via Spotify, Deezer, Napster, Google Play, O2 Tracks, Rara, Rdio and XBox Music, all members of the Entertainment Retailers Association, co-owner of the Official Charts Company – along with record labels association the BPI.
Streaming has doubled over the past year from 25 million streams a day in January 2014 to 50 million in January 2015, and the changes will start from the week of the BRIT Awards (February 23), with the first Official Albums Chart Top 100 incorporating audio streams being published on Sunday, March 1 2015.
The first Official Albums Chart is used by BBC Radio 1, The Sun, Music Week and more.
Official Charts Company Chairman Korda Marshall, founder of Infectious Music, said: “The Official Charts are a UK institution, followed both by music fans and the industry, so we do not make changes to them lightly. But with more and more people listening to albums via streaming services, it is right that we are now going to reflect streaming in the Official Albums Chart.
“It is particularly appropriate that this change will take place from BRITs week, when we will be celebrating some of today’s biggest album artists, like Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Alt-J and Royal Blood, among many others.”
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot added: “The Official Charts Company’s mission is to compile the most accurate, reliable and up-to-date charts around, and in 2015 that means reflecting the popularity of streaming, alongside downloads, vinyl and – still the most popular album format – the CD.
“Initial indications are that the impact on actual chart positions will be modest to begin with, but we expect this to grow as streaming becomes increasingly popular.”