This is getting messier and messier.
Four of the Top 5 current UK midweek albums aren’t on Spotify – and are, streaming wise, particularly fragmented.
A quick scan down the rankings, sent to labels today, shows that the same fact applies to five of the Top 6, six of the Top 10 and nine of the Top 13.
However, Spotify will proudly point out that the current No.1 on the UK midweeks, Skepta’s Konnichiwa (pictured inset), is available on its platform, and clearly doing very nicely.
Two of the Top 5 albums on the Official Chart update for Tuesday (May 10) – Prince’s The Very Best Of (No.5) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (No.2) – are TIDAL streaming exclusives.
Both releases are also available to download on iTunes, but do not appear on Spotify or Apple Music.
Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool (No.3) has caused much discussion by its absence on Spotify, but is available to stream on both Apple Music and TIDAL.
It’s the same story for Gregory Porter’s Take Me To The Alley (No.5).
Both of these records are also available to download on iTunes.
Rounding out the non-Spotify charters, Drake’s Views (No.4) remains locked as an Apple Music and iTunes exclusive until Friday.
Other Spotify snubbers in the chart include three Prince records (Hit’n’Run Phase 2 at No.10; Purple Rain at No.11; Sign O’The Times at No.12) – all available on TIDAL and iTunes, but not Apple Music or Spotify.
Adele’s 25, which aside from its singles isn’t available on any streaming platforms, is at No.13.
You’d have to say that with both iTunes and Apple Music in its arsenal, the current situation plays rather nicely into Apple’s hands – although TIDAL is the only streaming service which can claim to have the entire Top 3 on its platform.
Albums not available on Spotify in Today’s UK midweek update chart
- 2) Beyonce – Lemonade (Columbia)
- 3) Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
- 4) Drake – Views (Island/Cash Money)
- 5) Gregory Porter (pictured, main) – Take Me To The Alley (Blue Note/Decca)
- 6) Prince – The Very Best Of (Warner Bros / Rhino)
- 10) Prince – Hit’n’run Phase Two (NPG)
- 11) Prince – Purple Rain OST (Paisley Park / Rhino)
- 12) Prince – Sign O’ The Times (Paisley Park / Rhino)
- 13) Adele – 25 (XL)
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