Albums sold at gigs will now be chart-eligible in the UK
The UK’s Official Charts Company has announced a new addition to its albums chart. No, not YouTube streams (yet) – it will now count albums sold at gigs across the UK, via a new system called Lightning Live. The Guardian...
September 22, 2015
Ministry of Sound calls for Apple Music to reward curators
Ministry of Sound boss Lohan Presencer has called for Apple Music to create a business model for third-party playlist creators, while warning fellow independent labels to beware of majors’ attempts to “manipulate” the...
September 16, 2015
No continues for game soundtrack on UK classical album chart
There’s a minor rumpus a-brewing in the UK over the removal of a game soundtrack from the Official Classical Artist Albums chart. The widely-praised soundtrack for the excellent Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is the...
August 28, 2015
Silent song for refugees tops Austrian iTunes charts
John Cage’s 4’33” and Vulfpeck’s ‘Sleepify’ have a new rival for guaranteed floor-filler status at weddings. ‘Schweigeminute (Traiskirchen)’ is a track consisting of a minute of silence, released by Austrian...
August 27, 2015
Should the music charts be based on revenues, not units?
Kobalt’s David Emery has published a blog post about the music industry’s “deep-rooted obsession with charts and statistics” that sees labels flinging money at campaigns to top the singles and/or albums charts, rather...
August 12, 2015
500m streams a week in the UK now and 25bn predicted by the end of the year
Data from the BPI and the Official Charts Company show that there are now over 500m streams of music tracks a week in the UK – or close to 1bn if YouTube data was added in. This is almost double the number of streams per...
July 25, 2015
Hype Machine warns of new PR shenanigans to game its chart
Hype Machine’s ‘Popular’ charts remain an important metric of artists and songs’ buzziness in 2015, so it’s no surprise that some labels and PR firms are trying to game the rankings. “More recently, we’ve become...
May 21, 2015
Taylor Swift is still the top musician on YouTube
Well, that’s not *strictly* true as the top musician on YouTube is whoever plays the music for children’s nursery-rhymes channel Little Baby Bum, which had 385m views in March. But Swift is the top named artist in the...
May 1, 2015
UK’s official albums chart adds streaming data, but down-weights hits
From 23 February, the UK's official albums chart will include streaming as well as sales. The Official Charts Company announced the long-awaited change in policy this morning, complete with methodology designed to stop...
February 12, 2015
Google’s top-trending music search for 2014 is… unexpected
Who was the only musician to make it into Google’s chart of the top 10 trending searches of 2014? Nope, not Taylor Swift. Not Beyoncé. Another diva, just a more beardy one. Yep, Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst was seventh...
December 25, 2014
Spotify and Rdio launch end-of-2014 roundups
The risks of announcing end-of-year charts and trend roundups were shown last year by Beyonce’s surprise iTunes album, and this year (in the UK at least) by the X Factor-fuelled Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars hit. Even so,...
December 22, 2014
YouTube and Facebook reveal end-of-year charts
Strange though it is for end-of-year charts to have been coming out since the start of December, that’s the pattern. YouTube launched its Rewind charts yesterday, for example, breaking out separate charts as usual for music...
December 20, 2014