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UK singles chart to include music videos for the first time

UK singles chart to include music videos for the first time

  • 25 June 2018
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Image caption Dua Lipa's New Rules was the most-watched video by British woman in 2017

Since YouTube launched, the streaming site has seen 20 music videos break the two billion views mark.

Sitting at the top of the heap is Luis Fonsi's Despacito, which has been watched a staggering 5.2 billion times.

But none of these views ever counted towards the song's position on the UK singles chart.

That will change on Friday, when the Official Charts Company overhauls its rules to include music video streams and downloads for the first time.

Unofficial videos and user-generated content featuring music will not count - but official videos played on YouTube, Apple, Tidal and Spotify in the UK will.