Spotify and YouTube double down on their music charts
The charts of digital music services having clout with consumers and the industry alike isn’t a new trend for anyone who remembers the heyday of Apple’s iTunes rankings around the world. We’re interested in the current...
October 6, 2020
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
TikTok hopes creation will be a ‘key metric’ for the charts
TikTok's recently appointed global head of music Ole Obermann has given one of his first interviews in the role, and the former WMG exec will be hoping that official chart compilers will be reading. "I absolutely think...
July 28, 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
Spotify launches top and trending podcasts charts in 26 countries
More than 15 million people follow Spotify's 'Global Top 50' music chart, making it an important discovery channel on the service. Now it's looking to do the same thing for podcasts, albeit locally. This afternoon, Spotify...
July 14, 2020
BTS Army (and Cape Verde) help K-Pop stars break iTunes record
Is there any country in the world where BTS aren't big? They're certainly big in Cape Verde: their 'Black Swan' track has gone to number one in the country's iTunes chart. Why are we writing about this? Well, this was...
July 7, 2020
Who cares about the charts nowadays? Well, 3.2m Brits do…
There's a notion you'll see voiced quite often in 2020, which is that 'people don't care about the charts any more' – referring to the official music industry charts, rather than the rankings on streaming services (which...
July 1, 2020
K-Pop stars Blackpink break YouTube 24-hour views record
This one is going to get the K-Pop stans roused up. In April 2019, BTS broke the record for one-day video views on YouTube, with the 78m views of their ‘Boy With Luv’ video trumping the previous record-holder, ‘Kill...
June 29, 2020
PPL’s 2019 ‘most played’ chart hogged by collaboration tracks
British collecting society PPL has announced its annual charts of the most played tracks and artists in the UK, based on data from radio, TV and public performance locations (pubs, bars, shops etc). No surprises for guessing...
June 22, 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
Spain’s albums chart on hold due to coronavirus sales impact
Spanish industry body Promusicae has announced that the albums chart in Spain is being put on hold, due to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on retail sales. Important context: the Spanish albums chart is based on...
April 8, 2020
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia breaks multiple Spotify records
Dua Lipa’s second album, Future Nostalgia, has broken three separate records on Spotify. They are: the most streamed album in a day (or first day) by a British female artist globally; the most streamed album in a day (or...
April 6, 2020