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Streaming and downloading of videos and official audio clips from artists such as Dua Lipa, Drake, Arctic Monkeys and Ariana Grande will count towards the UK’s only official singles countdown, which is compiled by the Official Charts Company and unveiled by BBC Radio 1 every Friday afternoon. The change will be effective from the chart published on July 6.
The change comes as services such as Apple Music and Spotify add video to their platform and as YouTube launches their first subscription service in the UK.
While Ed Sheeran claimed the UK’s biggest music video of 2017 overall with Shape Of You, the iconic video for Dua Lipa’s New Rules nabs the title of most streamed video by a female artist, notching up 60 million UK streams.
"Can you believe it? I can’t!" Dua said of New Rules' success. "Thank you for all your love and support, it means the absolute world to me. The response to New Rules was so crazy and I am so grateful for it. Video was really important to me in my career - it’s another way as artists that we can get our music to our fans."
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