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Australia's ARIA album charts are changing to include streaming in their weekly calculations, to reflect how the country is consuming music.
In March, ARIA released its wholesale figures for 2016 which showed streaming revenue now accounts for 38.5 per cent of overall market by value.
The country's total streaming sales for last year added up to $135,534,746, beating its nearest rival, digital downloads, by more than $30 million.
Nearly three years ago, the Australian Recording Industry Association added streams to the ARIA singles chart, now the albums chart is following suit.
"The ARIA Charts are an Australian institution, followed by the music industry and fans alike so it is essential that we continue to reflect how Australians are consuming music. With streaming now the primary method of music consumption in Australia, ARIA can ensure that the ARIA Albums Chart will continue to be the most accurate indication of the nation's favourite music each and every week," ARIA CEO, Dan Rosen said.
The data will be collected from streaming services Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Spotify and other services as they develop, and will be used across all genre albums charts including Country, Classical and Urban.
ARIA has adopted a methodology used by UK's Official Chart Company and several European charts to reflect the difference in value between streaming and purchasing (download and physical) albums.
*ARIA Albums Charts will include on demand audio streams from May 15.