YouTube’s top three artists in 2018 are all Latin American
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s been keeping an eye on YouTube’s global charts, but the video service has confirmed that its three most-played artists of 2018 all come from Latin America. Puerto Rican...
November 16, 2018
Audit sees Chinese star Kris Wu counted down in Billboard chart
After all the hubbub around Chinese artist Kris Wu hogging the top spots in Apple’s iTunes downloads chart in the US, the first-week Billboard 200 albums chart ranking for his ‘Antares’ long-player was less spectacular....
November 15, 2018
Apple Music adds 116 new country-level Top 100 charts
The announcement that Apple Music has added Top 100 charts for 116 countries may have come as a surprise to anyone who assumed the service had this kind of feature already. But no: Apple Music users *can* now browse the top...
September 10, 2018
Variety publisher invests in music-analytics firm BuzzAngle
We know BuzzAngle Music best for its work providing analytics on sales, streaming and radio airplay in the US, as an alternative source to the official Billboard / Nielsen axis of charts clout in that market. So here’s...
July 30, 2018
Sales up 90% in the UK this year so far… for music cassettes
From big numbers with Spotify and Live Nation to… smaller numbers with a familiar old music-format: the cassette. The UK’s Official Charts Company has revealed that sales of music cassettes more than doubled in 2017,...
July 27, 2018
Startup Instrumental signs deal with Official Charts Company
British startup Instrumental has been winning plaudits for its data-focused A&R platform in recent months, with a $4m funding round, a feature from the Financial Times, and new clients across the industry. Now it has...
July 26, 2018
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
UK singles chart adds video streams and ‘weighted’ audio streams
The Official Charts Company in the UK is overhauling not just the way it tabulates streams but also what types of streams are now counted. Online video streams from services like YouTube will count towards the singles...
June 25, 2018
Latin America looms large in global YouTube artists chart
YouTube launched its new charts earlier this month, and their publication is giving us some new data on how artists from markets like Latin America and India are performing against the big stars of the US and Europe. Music...
May 16, 2018
YouTube launches a range of music charts in 44 countries
YouTube is launching a series of new music charts based on popular songs, videos and artists, which will roll out initially in 44 countries. They will include a new ‘Trending’ chart as well as what YouTube says are...
May 10, 2018
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