Albums sold at gigs to count towards Official UK album chart

Albums sold at gigs will now be included in calculating the Top 40

The Official Charts Company has announced that album sales made at live gigs will now be included in calculating the weekly UK countdown.

The charts have undergone numerous changes in recent years, with digital sales and online streams taken into consideration as well as the more traditional physical formats.

Now, the OCC has developed a new platform called Lightning Live which will help collect sales made at bands’ merchandise stands.

“The launch of Lightning Live follows approaches from both independent and major labels, who are increasingly using live events as a route to get their products to fans and new audiences,” the Official Charts Company say in a statement.

“We strive constantly to ensure that the Official Charts reflects and responds to consumer behaviour and this move, following just a few months after the integration of streams, further underlines this strategy.”

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The Official Charts Company recently launched its first-ever Prog Albums Chart, with Tame Impala taking the first top spot. The chart will be published in Prog Magazine.

“We felt it was an oversight not to have done this a long time ago. Progressive music is as alive and kicking as it’s ever been. It’s more a state of mind than a genre,” said Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company.

“There are some artists who embrace the term ‘progressive’, and there might be lots of others who don’t because it is a tainted word,” Talbot continued.