Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Indie Labels Angry at First Download Singles Chart

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Indie Labels Angry at First Download Singles Chart

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

THIS weekend's singles chart, which is supposed to be the first to include songs downloaded on the internet, descended into chaos today.

A combination of rigging attempts, technical problems and a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading put the plans in jeopardy.

The Association of Independent Music, which represents indie labels, asked the OFT to delay the chart until more of its members are included in online sites.

AIM spokeswoman Alison Wenham said: "It is going to be extremely difficult for an artist to chart now unless they are signed up with iTunes and other online sites. In terms of a new artist, that can make a massive difference.

It is far too early to include downloads - it will skew the whole chart in favour of the major labels, and many of my members are extremely angry about that."

The Official Chart Company, which compiles the chart, admitted it had suffered major technical problems this week, and had been forced to leave iTunes sales figures out of the midweek chart. …

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