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First BPI gold, silver and platinum discs boosted by streaming dished out

By | Published on Tuesday 8 July 2014


Following on from the first UK singles chart with added streaming data, record label trade body the BPI has this morning announced its first set of gold, silver and platinum discs based on both sales and streams.

Adding in streaming data from the first week of 2014 onwards, using the same criteria as the Official Charts Company (ie 100 streams = one sale), 80 singles have received new awards under the BPI’s Certified Awards Programme.

Amongst the new awards, Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ has gone silver, Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘Drunk In Love’ is now gold, ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ by Taylor Swift is platinum and, sadly, ‘Price Tag’ by Jessie J is certified double platinum.

BPI chief Geoff Taylor says of the changes to the awards: “Like the Official Charts, the BPI’s Certified Awards and Platinum, Gold and Silver discs form part of our country’s music heritage, so including audio streams in the sales data for singles represents an important landmark. It will ensure that our awards remain relevant and up to date in measuring the popularity of our favourite recordings”.

Have a look through the full list here.