Party like it’s, er, 2010 with Billboard’s new Twitter chart
“Billboard and Twitter have partnered on a first-of-its-kind Billboard chart that will showcase the most talked-about songs on the social media platform,” announced Billboard yesterday. And strictly speaking,...
May 6, 2021
Apple Music launches its city-level charts across the world
Apple Music is launching its new charts ranking tracks in more than 100 cities across the world. The charts will be top 25s, ranging from London, Barcelona, Rome, Paris and Moscow to Buenos Aires, Nairobi, Tokyo and Istanbul,...
April 28, 2021
BPI reveals 8.2% rise in UK’s music consumption in 2020
As consumption data and revenue figures emerge for the music industry’s 2020, we’ll get a fuller picture of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact. Early out of the blocks, as usual, is British industry body the...
January 4, 2021
Mariah Carey could be number one in the UK this week
Strange though it may sound given its annual ubiquity, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas is You’ has never actually reached the top of the official singles chart. It might finally do that this week...
December 2, 2020
Spotify adds its new weekly charts to its mobile app
Spotify launched some new weekly charts in October this year, with global and US rankings for the top 50 songs and albums, as well as the top 10 debuts. The company is clearly pleased with the rollout: it’s expanding...
November 26, 2020
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