Canadian singles chart adds streaming to formula; Taylor Swift tops

Taylor Swift’s fizzy smash “Shake It Off” has topped the first-ever Canadian Billboard Hot 100 chart to incorporate streaming data. Nielsen Entertainment compiled information from streaming providers including YouTube, Rdio and Slacker for the chart released Thursday. Streaming plays now factor in alongside sales data, radio airplay and digital downloads. […] the newly accurate formula offers varying degrees of rewards to artists of different genres, said David Bakula, senior vice-president of industry insights with Nielsen Entertainment. […] Generally speaking, comparing Canada’s streaming numbers to that of the U.S. is difficult given that Spotify was until recently unavailable here and hugely popular there. – Nick Patch,The Canadian Press via News1130
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