You get what you pay for?
Rihanna's ANTi album rollout on Wednesday was met with confusion and panic. TIDAL mistakenly uploaded the album for a few moments, and though they pulled it promptly... there was irreparable damage. They had no choice after the record leaked all over the Internet to share it. Rihanna directed fans to TIDAL where they could stream the album for free.
However, this is ANTi we're talking about, so the uphill battle continues. Because fans could stream the music without dropping a dime, it barred her from potentially debuting on the UK Charts. A spokesperson for Official Charts UK says ANTi will not be eligible to top, or even enter the charts.
"Free downloads don't count towards the Official Chart, meaning ANTi currently won't be eligible for the Official Albums Chart," they told the Daily Star. "It has not yet been announced when ANTi will be available to download and stream on other services, including iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify."
A deluxe version of the album with three bonus tracks will be made available on January 29th, and that should include the UK. Therefore yes, ANTi will be eligible to chart in the UK.
Regardless, should money be the sole reason an album doesn't land on the charts? This policy needs an update...