UK Charts Now Count Streaming, Ariana Grande Wins On Own Turf

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As of this week, Ariana Grande can chalk up another achievement – her single Problem isthe first UK Number One in the Official Singles Chart based on sales as well as streaming data.

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Ariana Grande's Problem is the first UK Number 1 that got there through streaming.

This is the very first week when streaming data was counted, with the idea of providing a more accurate picture of the actual popularity of a single. The streaming data is taken from services like Spotify, Napster, Deezer, O2 Tracks, Music Unlimited (Sony’s service) and Xbox music and added to the count, with 100 plays being equal to one physical or digital purchase.

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Problem has taken over the internet since Grande and Iggy Azalea’s breakout performance at the Billboard Awards back in May. In the UK, the catchy track scored a combined 'chart sales' figure of 113,000, which was made up of 106,000 sales and a streaming contribution of 6%, which came from 712,000 audio streams. It all adds up to a great first single for Grande's upcoming album, My Everything, out August 25.

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The previous number 1, Ella Henderson’s Ghost, fell to the second spot, with almost a million streaming plays over the previous week. George Ezra's 'Budapest' is at Number Three and Ed Sheeran's 'Sing' at Number Four, one spot lower than last week.

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Sheeran's Sing came in fourth, dropping one spot from last week.


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