August 28th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

There’s a minor rumpus a-brewing in the UK over the removal of a game soundtrack from the Official Classical Artist Albums chart. The widely-praised soundtrack for the excellent Everybody’s Gone to...

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August 27th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

John Cage’s 4’33” and Vulfpeck’s ‘Sleepify’ have a new rival for guaranteed floor-filler status at weddings. ‘Schweigeminute (Traiskirchen)’ is a track consisting of a minute of silence,...

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August 12th, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Kobalt’s David Emery has published a blog post about the music industry’s “deep-rooted obsession with charts and statistics” that sees labels flinging money at campaigns to top the singles and/or...

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July 25th, 2015 by Eamonn Forde

Data from the BPI and the Official Charts Company show that there are now over 500m streams of music tracks a week in the UK – or close to 1bn if YouTube data was added in. This is almost double the...

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May 21st, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Hype Machine’s ‘Popular’ charts remain an important metric of artists and songs’ buzziness in 2015, so it’s no surprise that some labels and PR firms are trying to game the rankings. “More...

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May 1st, 2015 by Music Ally Blog

Well, that’s not *strictly* true as the top musician on YouTube is whoever plays the music for children’s nursery-rhymes channel Little Baby Bum, which had 385m views in March. But Swift is the top...

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February 12th, 2015 by Stuart Dredge

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From 23 February, the UK's official albums chart will include streaming as well as sales. The Official Charts Company announced the long-awaited change in policy this morning, complete with methodology...

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December 25th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Who was the only musician to make it into Google’s chart of the top 10 trending searches of 2014? Nope, not Taylor Swift. Not Beyoncé. Another diva, just a more beardy one. Yep, Eurovision winner Conchita...

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December 22nd, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

The risks of announcing end-of-year charts and trend roundups were shown last year by Beyonce’s surprise iTunes album, and this year (in the UK at least) by the X Factor-fuelled Mark Ronson and Bruno...

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