Last week, Billboard announced it refusal to count U2’s latest album release, even though Apple paid $100 million for the release and uploaded it into 500 million iCloud accounts. But those copies weren’t expressly purchased by music fans, so they don’t count.
Now, the British chart equivalent, the Official Chart Company, is also refusing to count the release, even though a reported 2 million copies of the album have already been downloaded in the first three days by iCloud users.
“Copies of the U2 album Songs Of Innocence which have been delivered free to consumers’ iTunes accounts will not be reflected in the Official Albums Chart,” the OCC stated.
“The Official Charts only count music which consumers have made an active choice to acquire. The album will only count when consumers have made an active choice to buy it.”
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