The Indian music industry is kicking off a process of launching charts tracking the most popular music in the country, starting with an International Top 20 Singles Chart India which launched this week.
It’s due to be updated every week on a Monday, but will only use data from three global streaming services: Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music to track “streaming figures of international singles”. So, that means a chart – compiled by Bmat – topped by BTS’s latest single ‘Butter’ with the likes of Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Justin Bieber and Olivia Rodrigo, rather than Indian artists.
However, this is the start of a wider push with charts for IMI. “Given our country’s socio-eco-cultural diversity, the charts rollout will be in phases. Phase two will see the launch of regional charts in two Indian regional languages,” said IMI boss Blaise Fernandes. “Once we get the operations and formulae right, we plan to launch the IMI National Charts – our endeavour to highlight the music consumers in India enjoy on a weekly basis.” Getting the big Indian DSPs to share their data alongside the global players will be important for that.