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
South Korean DSP changes chart to battle ‘distorted’ streams
Flo, owned by SK Telecom, is one of the main music streaming services in South Korea. It used to run a near-real-time chart (updated hourly) showing what the most popular songs were on the platform. That has now been replaced...
March 24, 2020
YouTube’s ninth biggest artist is a 90 year-old Indian singer
For a while now, Music Ally has been covering the huge views being notched up by Indian musicians on YouTube, as revealed in the service’s global music chart. There’s an interesting story this week, where seven of YouTube’s...
March 12, 2020
Youngboy Never Broke Again continues his YouTube success
The most popular artist on YouTube in the US last week was YoungBoy Never Broke Again (aka Kentrell DeSean Gaulden), with 78.6m views of videos including his music. That was more than double the second-ranked artist Roddy...
March 4, 2020
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