The US chart also includes radio airplay and You Tube views, including spoof versions of songs, which have become hugely popular hits in their own right.One consequence of a streaming chart is that the biggest hits tend to linger longer, potentially blocking new entries.
A chart incorporating billions of “free” music and video plays, at the expense of songs people have actively paid to purchase, would prove meaningless, critics fear.
Streams would be “weighted”, so that they count for less than a paid-for single in the new chart, OCC sources indicated.
The chart compilers, committed to preserving the credibility of the weekly listings, first published in 1952, are moving cautiously.
An OCC spokesman said: “We’ve always said we are monitoring the rise of streaming as a form of consumption, but nothing has changed.
Consequently, there will always be much debate as to which record was actually The Beatles first number one, and quiz compilers and the like should avoid asking this question because of the ambiguity of the answer !
"She Loves You" was at number 1 for 4 weeks from 12th September 1963, after which it was replaced by firstly Brian Poole and the Tremeloes for 3 weeks, and then Liverpool chum, Gerry and the Pacemakers for 4 weeks ...
Streaming data will be included alongside downloads in the UK Top 40 singles chart in a move which breaks the 60-year link between buying a piece of music and its position in the weekly sales round-up.
George Ergatoudis, head of music at BBC Radio 1, has said that the station will soon include plays from digital streaming services, such as Spotify and Deezer, in the official UK Top 40.
incredibly after a SEVEN week gap, "She Loves You" returned to number 1 on the 28th November for 2 more weeks.