Tag: charts

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...