Kippensoep Allstars' "Kippensoep voor Iedereen" (EMI) has become the first No. 1 on the new Belgian official Ultratop singles chart, which now combines sales data of physical singles and downloads.

Kippensoep Allstars' "Kippensoep voor Iedereen" (EMI) has become the first No. 1 on the new Belgian official Ultratop singles chart, which now combines sales data of physical singles and downloads.

The combined chart was published Saturday (Jan. 7), but will revert to its typical release times going forward. Traditionally, the weekly chart is distributed within the industry on a Wednesday, and published Friday in tandem with chart broadcasts on the Flemish national radio VRTN and French language radio Bel-RTL.

The introduction of download data has taken more time to come to fruition than some neighboring markets due in part to the Belgian chart's split in language sections (Flemish and French). The Official U.K. Charts Company began including download sales data in Britain's singles chart in April 2005. In Germany, download sales have been part of the Top 100 Singles chart since August 2004.

Belgium's chart data is gathered by Billboard sister companies AC Nielsen and Nielsen Music Control, and compiled by Ultratop. It collects data from such services as iTunes Belgium, Belgacom, Connect Belgium, MSN Music Club Belgium and Tiscali Belgium.

To qualify for the chart, downloads must be widely available from local digital music services. Downloads, however, do not require a physical counterpart to meet Ultratop's criteria.

The revamped singles chart will be followed in the near future by a combined albums chart and a digital download chart.

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