Streaming soars past 500 million songs in one week
The popularity of acts including Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have contributed to a huge rise in streaming with over 500 million tracks streamed in a single week.
Data from the Official Charts Company showed there were 505,849,000 audio streams in the chart week ending last Thursday - almost double the 275 million the same time the year before.
There were 14.8 billion streams in 2014 and figures show there have already been 11.5 billion in the first half of this year.
Among the 59 tracks streamed more than 10 million times in the UK so far this year was Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, which was streamed more than 45 million times, making it the year's most streamed track.
Sheeran topped the chart for the most streamed act over the same period with more than 170 million streams.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of industry body the BPI, said: "It's remarkable that we now speak of billions of audio streams per month."