As of March 1st, streams will be included in the UK album chart (along with physical and digital sales, of course). It follows the single chart's lead, which has featured streams since July 2014.

"The Official Charts are a UK institution, followed both by music fans and the industry, so we do not make changes to them lightly," explains Official Charts Company Chairman Korda Marshall, founder of Infectious Music. "But with more and more people listening to albums via streaming services, it is right that we are now going to reflect streaming in the Official Albums Chart."

He also added that it is "particularly appropriate that this change will take place from Brits week, when we will be celebrating some of today's biggest album artists, like Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Alt-J and Royal Blood, among many others."

The UK album chart was founded in 1956, with Frank Sinatra's Songs For Swinging Lovers being the first to top it.