The UK Official Charts Company - the company behind the charts - has revealed plans to make all download track sales count toward inclusion in the charts, beginning 1 January.

Until now, digital downloads have only qualified for inclusion in the charts from one week before a physical single is released.

The company explained that any download registering sufficient sales to record a chart position will be eligible for the Combined Singles Chart from the moment it is made available for purchase by consumers.

The move clearly underlines the growing importance of digital sales in the UK charts.