The main indicator of the American music industry hit-parade Billboard magazine starting from this week began to consider the rapidly growing streaming service Apple Music.
The base of the Billboard 200 chart — the data on a weekly basis coming from Nielsen SoundScan. The inclusion of data streaming in Apple chart in Billboard consider as significant a milestone as the inclusion of the 1991 sales data CD, which replaced the compact cassettes.
Tracking sales in Apple Music for the preparation of the charts suggests that streaming is settled in the music industry for a long time, despite ongoing criticism from musicians ranging from Thom Yorke to Taylor swift, and even though some of them simply withdraw the tracks from databases, websites, accusing the online platform sloppy in the payment of royalties to authors and artists. Since 1500 this week of auditions in streaming Apple will be considered a Billboard system as a sale of one album.
In Britain the main chart in the country Top 40 singles chart takes into account listening to streaming since July of last year. English system equals 100 auditions to the sale of one song.
Consultants predict a further shift the focus of the compilers of the charts with sales of online listening. For example, last autumn, American singer Meghan Trainor entered the UK charts with her hit “All About That Bass” exclusively via live streaming before the single is released on physical media or in digital form. On average listening to the Apple Music, are now in the UK about 20% of music consumption on the Internet.