J Balvin enjoys second year as Deezer’s most-streamed artist
It’s year-end lists season and no mistake. Deezer is the latest music-streaming service to put out its annual figures, and for the second year running, Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin is the most-streamed act on the...
November 28, 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
Daddy Yankee tops YouTube ‘year-end’ music-videos chart
Step back and consider this sentence for a minute, from a Billboard news story: “YouTube unveiled its year-end stats on Tuesday (Nov. 19)”. The nineteenth of November, with 11.5% of the year still to go. Maybe it’s...
November 20, 2019
Take cover! Viberate claims Blackpink are bigger than BTS
It takes a brave person to get involved in arguments between the world’s keenest superfans over whether one artist is better or bigger than another. So doff your caps but retreat a safe distance from music-database Viberate,...
November 14, 2019
The Economist takes aim at ‘the meaningless of music charts’
The Economist has published an article criticising the proliferation of music charts in the streaming era, and questioning whether when considered together, they are confusing. “It used to be easy to know who the champions...
October 18, 2019
Spotify hails Santiago as the ‘streaming capital of reggaetón’
Nearly a year ago, Spotify dubbed Mexico City the ‘world’s music-streaming Mecca’. Now it’s branding another Latin American city, in a blog post claiming Santiago is the streaming service’s ‘capital of reggaetón’....
October 17, 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
YouTube excludes paid-ad views from its music charts and 24-hour records
YouTube is making a change to the way it calculates its YouTube Music charts, and its '24-hour debut' records. From now on, paid advertising views will not count towards either. The change follows a recent controversy...
September 13, 2019
No, ‘Old Town Road’ may not have been THE summer smash of 2019
It seems silly to raise the question of what was the biggest hit of summer 2019, given the chart dominance of ‘Old Town Road’ in various parts of the world in recent months. Yet here’s the thing: it wasn’t the most-streamed...
August 28, 2019
Apple Music’s Shazam Discovery Top 50 chart focuses on emerging artists
Apple Music is getting a new weekly chart, driven by data from Shazam, the music-identification app that Apple acquired in September 2018. The chart is called Shazam Discovery Top 50, and is a global chart ranking 50 "up-and-coming...
August 20, 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
Badshah far from the only artist buying YouTube views with ads
There is still no official word from YouTube on whether Indian artist Badshah has set a new record for first-day views of a music video, beating BTS’ previous milestone. If YouTube is hoping its silence will make the controversy...
August 1, 2019