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...
July 3, 2018
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...
June 26, 2018
Billboard Latin Music Week 2018 spotlights stars and digital trends
Popular artists Ozuna, Maluma and Bad Bunny will be the keynote stars of Billboard’s Latin Music Week 2018 conference in April, but the streaming-fuelled boom in Latin music’s global popularity will be the backdrop for...
April 3, 2018
The “women in music” conundrum revealed in two parallel stories
On the same day that Billboard covered a study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (a think tank within the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism) showing how massively underrepresented women are in music...
January 26, 2018
Billboard launches ‘Artist Pass’ Snapchat music series
Snapchat is the latest frontier for music TV. Or so Billboard hopes, with its launch of a new shortform series called ‘Artist Pass’. Distributed via Snapchat in five-minute episodes, the show will go behind the scenes...
August 7, 2017
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...
July 28, 2017
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...
July 4, 2017
Billboard Hot 100 chart will now include Pandora data
As it prepares to launch its premium on-demand streaming tier, Pandora has also hit a new milestone of credibility: its data will now be incorporated into Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in the US. Streams on Pandora are now...
January 31, 2017
Billboard launches multi-platform video news channel
Billboard is going big on video, with the launch of a new channel called Billboard News that will live across a range of online-video services. The channel will publish four ‘episodes’ lasting 60-90 seconds every day,...
November 21, 2016
Billboard names its ’40 under 40’ list for 2016
Billboard has published its ’40 Under 40’ list of “top young power players” in the music industry, with several digital executives included.
October 21, 2016
The 30 best music business managers – with the emphasis on “man”
Billboard got hauled over the coals in February when it ran its Power 100 List, spotlighting the most powerful people in music – which ended up being dominated by old white men. So for its rundown of the 30 most important...
August 16, 2016