Billboard and MRC launch two new global music charts
We're used to reporting on the ins and outs in Billboard's US music charts, but now the publication and data partner MRC are turning their attention to global rankings. They've launched two new charts: the 'Billboard...
September 15, 2020
Billboard bars merch / ticket bundles from chart calculations
Billboard is changing its chart rules in the US to no longer count sales of albums bundled with merchandise or concert tickets. It hasn't yet said when the change will kick in, but when it does "all albums bundled with...
July 14, 2020
Billboard defends charts after Tekashi 6ix9ine allegations
If official music charts don’t matter any more, why do artists get so furious when they feel they’ve been deprived of a number one by a rival’s nefarious marketing tactics? 2018’s beef between Nicki...
May 19, 2020
Bandsintown claims fan interest in livestreams will endure
Among the many unknowns around this Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the music industry: will the current boom in livestreams ebb away quickly once live concerts return? According to a survey of nearly 7,000 Bandsintown...
April 20, 2020
Billboard reveals its 2020 music industry power list
Billboard has published its annual music industry power list, which is usually a spur for us to count the nominees and see just how skewed the gender ratio is. Well, this year Billboard has anticipated that kind of response,...
January 24, 2020
Billboard parent company buys Nielsen Music as battle of charts heats up
Valence Media, the owner of Billboard, is buying the Nielsen Music "insights and product suite' that it uses for its charts in the US. The two companies were previously under the same roof between 1999 and 2009 when...
December 19, 2019
Billboard will soon count YouTube data towards US albums chart
YouTube has contributed to the US ‘Hot 100’ singles chart since early 2013, but now Billboard has announced that the video service’s data will also count towards its ‘Billboard 200’ albums chart. Importantly, this...
December 16, 2019
Billboard reveals new chart rules for album/merch bundles
As part of a chart battle last year in the US between Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj, all hell broke loose. The latter used her Queen Radio show on Beats 1 to attack the former for using merchandise bundles to drive his album...
November 27, 2019
Billboard launches new live charts with Bandsintown
Who ordered a new chart? Anyone? Bueller? Hold up – this one is slightly different. After Rolling Stone put the Billboard charts in its crosshairs with the launch of a daily chart in July, some began to wonder if we’d...
October 11, 2019
Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ finally hits number one in the US
After nine weeks hovering impatiently at number two in the US singles chart, Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ has finally toppled Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ from the summit, securing her a first number one in her home...
August 20, 2019
Lil Nas X gets BTS in for his latest Old Town Road remix
‘Old Town Road’ is old hat: it’s all about ‘Seoul Town Road’ with the cool kids nowadays. Maybe. Yes, Lil Nas X has dropped yet another remix of this year’s biggest track: RM from K-Pop stars BTS is the collaborator...
July 26, 2019
Taylor Swift joins list of artists failing to beat ‘Old Town Road’
There’s a slightly woe-is-me feel to Vanity Fair’s ‘If Taylor Swift Can’t Have a No. 1 Pop Hit in 2019, Can Anyone?’ headline. The correct answer being ‘Yes, Lil Nas X has been having a giant No. 1 pop hit in...
June 25, 2019