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Downloads finally count on the (British) pop charts

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The Guardian reported today that, in remarkably sensible fashion, the OCC (Official UK Charts Company) will now incorporate legally purchased song downloads on its weekly singles charts.

This is good news for several reasons.

1) It’s about time! The public has just been waiting for the industry to catch up to what’s been happening swiftly for the past few years. That is, more of us purchase our music electronically than we do physically (CDs? Huh? What are those?). So, those numbers should count, by all means.

2) It also means that something like my recent purchase of Serge Gainsbourg’s ”Cha cha cha du loup” might one day rocket to the top of the U.S. sales chart! Okay, fine. My recent purchase of Jose Gonzalez’s cover of The Knife’s ”Heartbeats”? Well, my point is that somebody’s indie rock single is gonna make it, and that just warms my heart.

3) Also, it means that around Christmastime, WHAM! (or, rather, its spectacularly coiffed members George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley) will get their just due for ”Last Christmas,” which apparently was a very popular download this year. Did I mention that the song is great for karaoke?

addCredit(“Wham: Joe Bangay/LFI”)