The German music business has decided to adopt streaming data into its recognised singles chart – but only from paid-for premium services.
Only tracks that are streamed for 31 seconds or more will be eligible for Germany’s official top 100 singles charts, while a standalone streaming chart will be added to the BVMI‘s chart portfolio. The later will incorporate data from both paid-for premium services and ad-supported ‘free’ platforms.
Avicii’s Wake Me Up was the biggest No.1 in Germany last year, holding the top spot on the chart for ten weeks.
BVMI’s managing director Dr. Florian Drucke said “We’re not only improving the accuracy of the official German charts as the most important indicator of the success of artists and bands, but also emphasising their cross-cutting nature as key differentiator.”
Germany won’t be adding streaming data to its album charts just yet, however. So far only two countries have made that move – Sweden was first in October last year, while Norway followed a month later.Music Business Worldwide