Billboard's albums chart shakeup to include streaming music for rankings

November 20, 2014 2:19 AM

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Billboard will soon begin to use Nielsen SoundScan's streaming data and download numbers of individual tracks to rank the top albums on its long-standing Billboard 200 chart.

The changes, an attempt to keep the albums chart relevant and to give a more accurate reflection of the overall landscape of music listeners, will be reflected on the Billboard 200 chart released online on Dec. 4 and in Billboard's print edition on Dec. 13.

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