Radio 1 boss says charts will soon incorporate streaming data

UK charts have always been based purely on sales

The head of music BBC Radio 1 has said that its charts will soon incorporate data from streaming services.

The statement was made as part of the Radio Academy Playlists: What Makes a Hit in 2014? event in London last night (February 17), where Radio 1’s George Ergatroudis was speaking, reports MusicAlly.

Following speculation about his comments, Ergatroudis took to Twitter to clarify that data would come from a range of streaming services.

In February 2013, the USA’s Billboard Hot 100 began incorporating YouTube streams into its data, leading to viral hits such as Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’. At the time, the Official Charts Company’s Martin Talbot said that no similar moves were planned in the UK, insisting that the UK’s Official Singles Chart would remain a purely sales-based chart. A separate streaming chart has been compiled since May 2012.

Talbot said: “The Hot 100 has never been a purely sales-based chart, incorporating data such as radio airplay since the ’50s, In contrast, the UK’s Official Singles Chart has been a purely sales-based chart ever since it launched in 1952,” he said. “With singles sales currently at an all-time high following nine years of continued year-by-year growth, there are currently no plans to incorporate streaming information in the UK.”

Asked to clarify their position in light of Ergatroudis’ comments, the Official Charts Company issued the following statement. “We’ve always said we are monitoring the rise of streaming as a form of consumption, but nothing has changed. Streaming is growing fast, so we are looking at it, but we are currently going through the “how”, before we work out the “when”.”

Revenue from subscription streaming services rose to £103m in 2013 – an increase of 33.7 percent. According to the Official Charts Company, Brits streamed 7.4bn songs in 2013, not including music videos, which was double 2012’s total of 3.7bn.

Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne hold the Number 1 slot in the singles chart with ‘Rather Be’, while Katy B, pictured above, has the Number 1 album with ‘Little Red’.