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AcerBen
post Jun 22 2017, 05:25 PM
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https://twitter.com/Popjustice/status/877932033766440960

Record Of The Day Magazine say it's coming next month. Will wait to see full details before judging!

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The OCC have now updated the Chart Rules on their website- including a couple of things we didn't know before (in red)

5.0 Exclusions

5.1 Exclusion By Request

i) A UK rights owner/licensee may request the Official Charts Company to exclude a record from the Charts where the record is not generally available from the owner’s normal distributor (for example - deleted titles, or pre-release transactions caused by distribution leaks). The Official Charts Company may at its absolute discretion exclude a record from the Chart in such circumstances. A record that otherwise meets all eligibility criteria will not be excluded from the charts.

ii) A UK rights owner/licensee may elect to exclude the third bestselling single by an artist and replace it with their fourth bestselling track if the third bestselling track is outside of the Top 20 chart positions. Tracks excluded in this way cannot become chart eligible again for a period of six months.

iii) In exceptional circumstances, a UK rights owner/licensee may elect to exclude the second bestselling single by an artist and replace it with their fourth bestselling track if the second bestselling track is outside of the Top 20 chart positions on the Accelerated Chart Ratio. Tracks excluded in this way cannot become chart eligible again for a period of six months.


6.0 Accelerated Decline

6.1 Streaming Ratio

New releases will have a streaming to sales ratio of 150:1 (or as otherwise amended by the CSC) applied for the combining of chart eligible transactions. This ratio will be known as Standard Chart Ratio (SCR)

After 3 consecutive weeks of decline a stream to sale ratio of 300:1 (or as otherwise amended by the CSC) can be applied. This is also known as Accelerated Chart Ratio (ACR)

Decline is defined as negative week on week variance of combined sales and streams AND negative variance lower than the market rate of change week on week

6.2 Exceptions

Accelerated Chart Ratio cannot be applied to any product with fewer than 9 weeks on chart (ie. ACR can only be applied in its 10th week on the Top 100 chart, at the earliest).

6.3 Resets

i) Automatic Reset – a track on ACR can automatically return to SCR if its combined sales and stream total increases by 50% greater than the market change week on week.

ii) Manual Reset – In exceptional circumstances, where a track is being scheduled for promotion, a label may elect to manually reset a track to SCR. This manual reset is limited to two tracks per artist album, only where the track in question is outside the Top 100 and subject to one week’s notice being given from the releasing label that they wish to implement a manual reset. Manual reset shall be strictly subject to Official Charts and CSC approval.
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post Jun 22 2017, 05:30 PM
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So does that mean three album tracks or three songs all together? As in, if an artists releases three singles and then an album, none of the album tracks would chart? Presumably once a song became a single, it would be allowed to chart.

Also, surely the album tracks allowed to chart would have to be 'nominated' by record companies as it certainly wouldn't work in regards to sales - what if certain songs sell more in one week than others do in another? Would be have some in-out-in-out style chart runs?

(These aren't questions posed at you, btw, just rhetorical ones).
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post Jun 22 2017, 05:54 PM
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Stupid occ rule number 4642579075313568111 :/
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post Jun 22 2017, 06:08 PM
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So Ed will release six albums at the same time consisting of three songs each and this stupid rule is bypassed easily

BTW Calvin Harris claimed album era is gone and he will release singles only

I think album era is gone also so this rule is to be modified


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post Jun 22 2017, 06:12 PM
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What are with these bogus rules.

Just separate album streams from the friggin singles chart.
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post Jun 22 2017, 06:20 PM
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QUOTE(ankietarrr @ Jun 22 2017, 07:08 PM) *
BTW Calvin Harris claimed album era is gone and he will release singles only


He's releasing an album in like a week lol (I'm sure I also remember him claiming this before releasing his last album...)

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This is a bit of a :/ development, I still think the album track invasions are largely a non-issue but even aside from that, this is one of the worst possible ways they could go about 'fixing' that.
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post Jun 22 2017, 06:32 PM
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The rule is not ideal but Ed Sheeran's 9 top 10 singles from Divide is not ideal either.
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post Jun 22 2017, 06:34 PM
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From reading back through previous ROTD issues, where they've been hinting about this for some times, it seems that the 3 tracks will be selected by the record company. But I guess we will find out very soon. ROTD usually only announce these things just before OCC confirms them.

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post Jun 22 2017, 06:47 PM
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So the sales for those that aren't the record company's chosen three just not count at all ever, even if they're a single eventually? unsure.gif I mean I want something to be done so entire albums making the top 10 isn't regular, but this feels like a hard rule to maintain.

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post Jun 22 2017, 07:07 PM
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For a minute I really thought it was an Aprils Fools Day joke, 3 months too late. heehee.gif
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QUOTE(Chez Wombat @ Jun 22 2017, 07:47 PM) *
So the sales for those that aren't the record company's chosen three just not count at all ever, even if they're a single eventually? unsure.gif I mean I want something to be done so entire albums making the top 10 isn't regular, but this feels like a hard rule to maintain.

I *think* that the sales of songs that were excluded from the chart back in circa 2013 due to an issue surrounding instant grats are now included in the song's total, so maybe chart-ineligible album tracks will still have all their sales included in their totals. It would result in the strange situation of tracks getting certified without "charting" should they sell enough, but it's pretty common for low/non charting songs to go Silver nowadays anyway.

Presumably record companies will have to make the decision (if this is even to be the case, that is) before the album is released and not get to see which album tracks look set to chart best before deciding. I also think this could make them consider very early on which songs they would like to become future singles (if they don't already do that anyway).

I imagine this won't be a major problem though. Ed Sheeran is the only big example of an artist having their album tracks completely dominate the top area of the chart. Even Drake didn't have a particularly big takeover considering and most of his album tracks dropped away pretty rapidly anyway.
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post Jun 22 2017, 08:10 PM
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Good. At least we will no longer have the ridiculous situation where Ed Sheeran has 16 songs in the top 20, or even the ridiculous situation of Drake having over 20 songs in the top 75.
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This seems stupid. Can they not just rename the chart and stop jumping through hoop after hoop to create a new definition for what counts as a single, in a world where that definition is becoming in itself obsolete?

There should be the Top 40 Played chart or Streamed chart and the top 40 Singles chart and let that be an end to it. God knows they have enough time in their weekly schedule for two chart shows 1.5 hours long each, especially when they're shedding listeners by the bucketload as people move away from radio and only listen to specific programs like the weekly chart show. It's not so long ago that the top 40 they played was 3 hours long and they managed that fine.


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post Jun 22 2017, 09:50 PM
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They should just create an album-tracks chart for album-tracks and move them into the singles chart when they've been made into official singles
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post Jun 22 2017, 10:07 PM
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If i were to make such cap I'd make a cap on three highest selling tracks at the same time. Which is still by far not ideal...
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The new issue of Music Week, published this morning, has a front page article about the new rules. I'm sure a more in-depth article will appear at some point today on the OCC site but the main rule changes are:

1. a cap on the number of tracks by an artist that can feature in the Top 100. Only the three most popular tracks by a lead artist will now be eligible for the charts although songs on which an artist is a featured artist will not count towards that total

2. Once a track has been on the chart for at least 10 weeks and has declined for three consecutive weeks its streaming to sales ratio will change from 150:1 to 300:1 in an attempt to accelerate its disappearance from the chart

3. The rules apply from this Friday (30 June) with the first chart published under the new rules on 7 July.


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post Jun 26 2017, 08:20 AM
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QUOTE(Robbie @ Jun 26 2017, 09:12 AM) *
2. Once a track has been on the chart for at least 10 weeks and has declined for three weeks its streaming to sales ratio will change from 150:1 to 300:1 in an attempt to accelerate its disappearance from the chart

ooh, I like this one! Hopefully this means we stop seeing the likes of One Dance, Cheap Thrills, Can't Stop The Feeling and Mr. Brightside from clogging up the bottom end of the charts for weeks on end (the latter in particular may well have been a top 100 mainstay until the end of time unless there was a rule change).
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post Jun 26 2017, 08:32 AM
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I'm a bit confused by this. What happens when an artist releases a 4th single? Or if a album track is doing well and then becomes a single afterwards.
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post Jun 26 2017, 08:36 AM
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QUOTE(Robbie @ Jun 26 2017, 09:12 AM) *
The new issue of Music Week, published this morning, has a front page article about the new rules. I'm sure a more in-depth article will appear at some point today on the OCC site but the main rule changes are:

2. Once a track has been on the chart for at least 10 weeks and has declined for three weeks its streaming to sales ratio will change from 150:1 to 300:1 in an attempt to accelerate its disappearance from the chart


But what happens if it's sales subsequently increase again?


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QUOTE(vidcapper @ Jun 26 2017, 09:36 AM) *
But what happens if it's sales subsequently increase again?
There isn't much detail in the Music Week article. Hopefully the OCC will address this.

I've made a slight edit to my original post, I'd missed out the word "consecutive" so it now reads

2. Once a track has been on the chart for at least 10 weeks and has declined for three consecutive weeks its streaming to sales ratio will change from 150:1 to 300:1 in an attempt to accelerate its disappearance from the chart
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