David Bowie's new track 'Where Are We Now' won't be featuring in this week's Top 40 as it breaks current chart rules.
The return of David Bowie has caught music fans by surprise. Springing out of gentle retirement, the iconic artist unveil plans for a new album alongside a quickfire release.
Available on iTunes right now, 'Where Are We Now' is a subtle, moving look back on Bowie's so-called Berlin period. Already receiving rave reviews from critics, the track currently sits at the top of the iTunes chart.
However it won't be appearing in the official chart countdown this weekend. Since it has been released as part of a pre-order strategy 'Where Are We Now' has been excluded from the Official Chart Company's figures.
A spokesperson said: “Owing to chart rules which are agreed in partnership with UK record companies and retailers, data relating to the David Bowie single Where Are We Now cannot currently be counted towards the official singles charts, as the release is linked to an album pre-order promotion and it is not possible to distinguish album sales from track sales from the retail data received. Should it become possible in the future for regular track sales to be distinguished from album pre-order incentive purchases, then these sales can be counted towards the chart.”
Here's 'Where Are We Now'.