The Official Charts Company has altered its rules on so called 'instant gratification tracks', following the confusion over the release of David Bowie's single 'Where Are We Now?' earlier this year.

Since the single was made available to download to anyone who pre-ordered Bowie's new album 'The Next Day' at the same time it was made available to buy on iTunes, not all of the single's downloads counted towards the week's singles chart. This was because the 'instant gratification track' (i.e. the free download of the single you got when you pre-ordered the album) was deemed an album track.

Despite this, 'Where Are We Now?' still managed to enter the Top Ten of the UK Singles Chart on single track downloads alone. However, debate ensued as to whether 'instant gratification tracks' should be counted in the singles chart and, subsequently, the Official Charts Company have adjusted their ruling on them. The new rules state that 'instant gratification track' downloads will now count towards the singles chart, as long as it is available to buy on its own as well. [via Best Fit]