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


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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December 20th, 2014 by Music Ally Blog

Strange though it is for end-of-year charts to have been coming out since the start of December, that’s the pattern. YouTube launched its Rewind charts yesterday, for example, breaking out separate charts...

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July 7th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge

"I'm so happy. Yay!" Ariana Grande (for it is she) is certainly smiling after topping the UK's Official Singles Chart in the first week it factored in streams as well as sales, but the sentiment applies...

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June 23rd, 2014 by Stuart Dredge


Those rumours earlier in the year about streaming getting added to the UK's official singles chart were correct: early this morning the Official Charts Company confirmed its plans. The first singles...

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February 18th, 2014 by Stuart Dredge


“So @GeorgErgatoudis has just announced that @BBCR1 will v.soon be including @Spotify streams in the Top 40 charts not just sales!” claimed one of the tweets coming out of last night’s Radio Academy...

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