Meek Mill Tidal streams spark Billboard charts row
We were intrigued this morning by a slightly-defensive article on Billboard titled ‘Clearing up ‘Free Streams’ on the charts’, published in response to “misinformation posted online” about its albums-chart methodology. The...
July 28, 2017
Jimmy Iovine blames labels, YouTube and Billboard for bad albums
Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine has been making waves again, with an interview for Beats 1 in which he criticises labels for their handling of YouTube and safe harbour, suggesting that they are partly responsible for a decline...
July 4, 2017
Should the charts measure ‘engaged’ streams not playlists?
There has been plenty of chatter this month in the UK about a tweak to the official singles chart’s methodology, aimed at preventing another Sheeran-style takeover of the upper reaches. One of the latest responses came...
July 3, 2017
WIN launches report analysing global chart reporting
Global indies body WIN is publishing a new report focusing on charts around the world. It’s called the ‘WIN Global Chart Report 2017’, and draws on data from the body’s own WINTEL research as well as the IFPI’s...
March 20, 2017
Official Charts Company launches own streaming playlists
As our lead story today explores, streaming services are now having a big influence on the UK’s singles chart. But the body that compiles that chart, the Official Charts Company, is also deepening its involvement on...
March 13, 2017
Ed Sheeran, the charts and the law of unintended consequences
Congratulations to Ed Sheeran and label Atlantic Records, who enjoyed a record-breaking week for sales, streams and chart placements as expected. Sheeran’s home country was one of the first to declare figures, with his...
March 13, 2017
Physical to the fore in Ed Sheeran’s monster sales week
Ed Sheeran is a racing certainty to top the album charts in the US and UK this week with ‘Divide’. But what’s interesting is the heavy lifting being done by sales in that success. Billboard claimed yesterday that...
March 7, 2017
Stormzy gets his UK number one while breaking Spotify records
Friday was a good day for British grime star Stormzy – if not quite as good a day for the successful preservation of UK chart embargoes. After a week of intense fan interest in whether Stormzy’s album ‘Gang Signs...
March 6, 2017
Iovine on Apple Music exclusives: ‘We’re just experimenting’
Apple’s Jimmy Iovine has downplayed exclusives in Apple Music’s strategy, while not ruling out further such deals, in an interview with Variety. “I don’t lean on them too heavily myself,” he said. “We did ’em....
February 8, 2017
Billboard Hot 100 chart will now include Pandora data
As it prepares to launch its premium on-demand streaming tier, Pandora has also hit a new milestone of credibility: its data will now be incorporated into Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the US. Streams on Pandora are now...
January 31, 2017
Streaming is now 80% of the UK singles market
It was no surprise to see Drake dominating the UK singles rankings for 2016. His ‘One Dance’ notched up 1.95m combined sales last year according to the Official Charts Company – 530k downloads and 142m streams. But...
January 3, 2017