Billboard Changing the Charts, Will Count Streaming Services

- Will start adding streams and downloads for the formula to figure out the Billboard 200

- The new chart system will begin on Monday 11/24 and be revealed on Billboard's website on December 4th

- Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s director of charts, said that by looking at streams as well as sales, the new chart will more accurately reflect how people listen to music these days

- One expected result is that albums by big pop stars — which tend to open high on the chart and then plunge after just a few weeks — should linger higher on the charts. Ariana Grande’s “My Everything,” for example, which opened at No. 1 in September, was No. 36 on last week’s chart, with 10,000 sales. Under the new formula, it would have been No. 9

- 1,500 song streams from Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody and Google Play will be equivalent to an album sale, 10 individual track downloads will also be equivalent to an album sale

- It may hurt artists who do not have their albums on streaming sevices

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