Drake smashes US one-week streaming record… in three days
Despite grumbles – including ours, yesterday – about the nature of its promotion on Spotify, Drake’s new album ‘Scorpion’ is already a multiple record-breaker. Billboard reports that the album has “already...
July 3, 2018
US charts to add Pandora and iHeartRadio subscription streams
Hot on the heels of the UK official-chart changes announced yesterday, Billboard has confirmed the latest tweak to its Hot 100 and Hot 200 rankings, among other US charts. From the week of 29 June - 5 July, subscription streams...
June 26, 2018
UK singles chart adds video streams and ‘weighted’ audio streams
The Official Charts Company in the UK is overhauling not just the way it tabulates streams but also what types of streams are now counted. Online video streams from services like YouTube will count towards the singles...
June 25, 2018
Latin America looms large in global YouTube artists chart
YouTube launched its new charts earlier this month, and their publication is giving us some new data on how artists from markets like Latin America and India are performing against the big stars of the US and Europe. Music...
May 16, 2018
YouTube launches a range of music charts in 44 countries
YouTube is launching a series of new music charts based on popular songs, videos and artists, which will roll out initially in 44 countries. They will include a new ‘Trending’ chart as well as what YouTube says are...
May 10, 2018
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