Netflix opens up its data (a bit) with new Top 10 lists
Getting viewing figures for shows on Netflix has historically been difficult: even for the producers of those shows. Recently, the video streaming service has given out some stats for its original shows: in its first four...
February 25, 2020
ERA boss delivers warning: ‘More music is not better music’
The theme of UK indie body AIM’s AIM Connected conference this week was ‘strong opinions’, and Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) boss Kim Bayley absolutely did not disappoint on that score. Her speech offered...
February 6, 2020
Chexit: the not-so great British Brexit chart battle
Today’s the day that the UK officially leaves the European Union, although a transition period until at least the end of this year means big changes won’t be happening immediately. But Brexit Day has sparked a ‘chart...
January 31, 2020
TikTok was the second most-downloaded mobile app of 2019
App analytics firm Sensor Tower has published its year-end report on the apps market in 2019. Among its conclusions: TikTok was the second most-downloaded app across Apple and Google’s app stores in 2019, behind only...
January 15, 2020
Justin Bieber sparks controversy by reposting fan-made slideshow
“Create a playlist with Yummy on repeat and stream it. Don’t mute it! Play it at a low volume. Let it play while you sleep.” “Buy the song on iTunes. Buy the song multiple times on Justin’s website.” These...
January 13, 2020
Ellie Goulding’s UK number one was powered by Amazon
Many were surprised that the UK first post-Christmas number one was Ellie Goulding’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’. The track was exclusive to Amazon, and took the top spot in the chart with the equivalent of 76k...
January 6, 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
BTS show off Spotify stats, but YouTube still bigger for them
The latest act to get into the Spotify Wrapped co-promotion mood are BTS, with the headline stat being that their music has been streamed over 3bn times on Spotify in 2019. Those streams come from 60 million people across...
December 16, 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
Taylor Swift tops Amazon Music’s most-streamed chart of 2019
Amazon is the latest streaming service to publish some year-end charts, including a new name as its most popular artist of 2019 in the US. Taylor Swift takes that honour for Amazon Music, joining Post Malone (Spotify) and...
December 9, 2019
YouTube’s top 10 videos of 2019 are a truly global affair
The weakening of Anglo-American pop’s grip on the mainstream is nowhere more apparent than in YouTube’s run down of its most-streamed music videos globally of 2019. Latin America/Spain in general, and Puerto Rico in...
December 6, 2019
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