Billboard's move to count music streams in sales helps Ariana Grande and Sam Smith, but hurts industry

December 13, 2014 10:23 PM

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Billboard's move to count music streams in sales helps Ariana Grande and Sam Smith, but hurts industry

Taylor Swift's big enough to pull music from streaming services, but most artists, like Barbra Streisand and Jason Aldean, will see sales undermined.

For years, Billboard had a hard and fast rule about its top album chart: If you give copies of your music away for free, then those figures won’t count toward placement on the coveted Top 200 Album list.

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