New Beck Album Denied U.K. Chart Eligibility
Beck's new Interscope album, "The Information," could sell a million copies next week and still not be considered for placement on the U.K. album chart.Beck's new Interscope album, "The Information," could sell a million copies next week and still not be considered for placement on the U.K. album chart. The U.K.'s Official Chart Company (OCC) has ruled that the album contains cover art and packaging that give it an "unfair advantage" and therefore will not be eligible to chart in the region.
The unique packaging includes four random sticker sets designed by artists handpicked by Beck, allowing fans to customize their own album covers.
"It's an unconventional package, but it shouldn't be penalized for that," says Beck. "Any art on a CD is an incentive to buy and listen. Ultimately, it doesn't matter. The response from the fans has been so strong, and that is the most important thing."
The problematic packaging will not provoke an omission from any Billboard chart, according to director of charts/senior analyst Geoff Mayfield.