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Official music streaming chart launching in UK

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An official music streaming chart is to launch in the UK next week.

The Official Chart Company's latest tracker will tally up play counts on services including Spotify, Deezer, Napster and We7 to compile a list of the 100 most popular tracks.

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More than 2.6bn songs are streamed in the UK each year, but this will the the first time services such as Spotify have been represented by an official chart. Plays from ad-supported accounts will be taken on board, as well as premium subscriptions.

The Official Streaming Chart, to be published weekly in music industry trade title Music Week and online at officialcharts.com, will also include figures from the newly-launched Plays ChartsNow and Xbox Live's Zune platform.

Managing director Martin Talbot, said: "This is a true coming-of-age moment for music streaming in the UK. Services such as Spotify, Deezer, Napster and We7 have been building their audiences over the past few years and are now delivering millions of audio streams every week to hundreds of thousands of music fans.

"For the first time, from next week, we will have transparency on exactly what they are listening to on these new services."

Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist of 2012 so far, ahead of Lana Del Rey, David Guetta, Rihanna and Coldplay. 'Somebody That I Used To Know' by Gotye is the most streamed track of the year to date, according to The Official Chart Company.

The Official Streaming Chart launches in the UK on May 14.

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