Streams included in ‘million sellers club’ for first time

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has incorporated streaming for the first time into its record of artists who have sold more than a million copies of their singles.

Acts including Little Mix, Ed Sheeran (pictured) and Rag’n’Bone Man now join the ranks of Queen, Elton John and The Beatles in the ‘million sellers club’.

The new system equates 100 streams to a single song sale, as per the current method used in the weekly music charts.

The top two singles on the list remain as those which are taken from traditional sales figures. At number one is Elton John’s Something About The Way You Look Tonight which has shifted almost five million copies since its 1997 release, followed by Band Aid’s 1984 hit, Do they Know It’s Christmas.

Ed Sheeran comes in at number three, thanks to the new inclusion of streaming figures.

Accompanying the news is the release of a new album, Now That’s What I Call A Million, which showcases a selection of new artists to join the club.

Released on 13 October, it opens with The Killers’ Mr Brightside and features James Bay, Ellie Goulding and Hozier.

Martin Talbot, chief executive at OCC said of the change: ‘For six decades, hitting the million mark has been the landmark achievement for all of the world’s greatest artists – reflecting sales of the biggest hits of each respective era.

‘Today, in an era redefined by streaming, it makes sense to redefine this list and create a new set of “millionaires”, spanning the old world and the new.’

To view the full list of tracks that qualify for the new million milestone, visit OfficialCharts.com.