In a bid to support new music, artists will only be allowed to have three songs in the singles chart at any one time
CHART bosses have introduced changes to prevent superstars like Ed Sheeran from dominating the Top 40 again.
From next week artists will be allowed only three songs in the singles chart at any one time.
The clampdown comes after all 16 tracks from Ed’s album Divide charted on its release in March. At one point, nine of his songs were in the Top Ten.
The feat was achieved due to streaming, which now accounts for 85 per cent of singles sales.
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said the move would “support new music”.
He added: “This is not a chart for album tracks — we want to remain the official chart for singles.
“It’s tougher than ever for new music and developing artists to break through. This is us doing our bit.”
But Ed, 26 — who closed the Glastonbury Festival on Sunday — has mixed views on the changes, saying successes like his “will happen every now and then”.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun last week, he said: “I don’t think they need to change anything because it hasn’t happened since. It will probably happen when puts out an album and when puts out an album.