Watch Out, Ed Sheeran, The Offical Chart Has Changed Its Rules

Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury
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Ed Sheeran had better watch out, as the Official UK Chart has changed its rules.

Up until yesterday (30 June), thanks to the advent of downloads as opposed to physical releases, the likes of Ed could have numerous tracks in the chart at any one time.

But as of today, that can no longer happen.

Bosses at the Official UK Chart are determined to keep the UK Top 100 Singles Chart for new hits and new talent, meaning one artist can only have a maximum of three tracks in it at a time.

The Official Charts says: “The move will make it easier for new hits and artists to feature in the chart by preventing multiple tracks from popular artists dominating the singles chart.

“The move will minimise double-counting of album tracks between the Official Singles and Albums Charts and make the two charts more distinct.

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“The new changes are expected to boost the number of chart hits by around 10 per cent.”

In February, Ed Sheeran ended up with all 16 tracks from his newly-released Divide album in the top 20. Nine of those were in the top 10.

Although not on the same scale, Drake, Stormzy, Kendrick Lamar, Chainsmokers, Little Mix and The Weekend have also all had multiple singles in the official chart at the same time in the past 12 months.

While this is bad news for them, it is great news for new music and emerging artists.

The official singles chart is unveiled each Friday, between 4pm to 5.45pm, on BBC Radio One.


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