Albums sold at concerts to be included in UK charts

The Libertines are currently riding high on the UK Album Chart (Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever)

The Libertines are currently riding high on the UK Album Chart (Photo: Gary Mather for Live4ever)

The UK’s Official Charts Company has handed a boost to your hard-working, tour bus-hogging rock band by announcing it will for the first time include album sales registered at gigs in its weekly chart.

The OCC will use Lightning Live to tally the data, as Omar Maskatiya of the OCC explains:

“The launch of Lightning Live follows approaches from both independent and major labels, who are increasingly using live events as a route to get their products to fans and new audiences.”

“We strive constantly to ensure that the Official Charts reflects and responds to consumer behaviour and this move, following just a few months after the integration of streams, further underlines this strategy.”

The current UK Album Chart is dominated this week by British guitar music of various guises, with Stereophonics leading the way ahead of Bring Me The Horizon and The Libertines‘ comeback record ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth‘.

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