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Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Streami

Postby King Lance » Nov 19th, '14, 23:36

Now Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan, the agency that supplies its data, will start adding streams and downloads of tracks to the formula behind the Billboard 200, which, since 1956 has functioned as the music world’s weekly scorecard. It is the biggest change since 1991, when the magazine began using hard sales data from SoundScan, a revolutionary change in a music industry that had long based its charts on highly fudgeable surveys of record stores.

The new chart, covering sales and listening from Monday to Nov. 30, will be revealed on Billboard’s website on Dec. 4 and published in print in its Dec. 13 issue. Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s director of charts, said that by looking at streams as well as sales, the new chart will more accurately reflect how people listen to music these days.

One expected result is that albums by big pop stars — which tend to open high on the chart and then plunge after just a few weeks — should linger longer in the upper rungs. Ariana Grande’s “My Everything,” for example, which opened at No. 1 in September, was No. 36 on last week’s chart, with 10,000 sales. Under the new formula, it would have been No. 9.

SoundScan and Billboard will count 1,500 song streams from services like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody and Google Play as equivalent to an album sale. For the first time, they will also count “track equivalent albums” — a common industry yardstick of 10 downloads of individual tracks — as part of the formula for album rankings on the Billboard 200.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/b...l ... c=twr&_r=1
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Re: Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Str

Postby King Lance » Nov 19th, '14, 23:43

This is gonna be a nightmare for rap.
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Re: Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Str

Postby Trimss » Nov 19th, '14, 23:46

Awful idea.
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Postby Raul » Nov 20th, '14, 00:24

Trimss wrote:Awful idea.
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Re: Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Str

Postby boonim » Nov 20th, '14, 01:49

Not sure why it's bad for rap. People don't stream rap music? Eminem was recently named most streamed artist, right?
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Re: Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Str

Postby boonim » Nov 20th, '14, 04:20

Miller wrote:
True Wiz wrote:Why don't they track torrents as well?

They really should.

Logistic nightmare, I think :(.
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Re: Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Str

Postby TheBoss123 » Nov 20th, '14, 04:55

boonim wrote:
Miller wrote:
True Wiz wrote:Why don't they track torrents as well?

They really should.

Logistic nightmare, I think :(.


That seems like something that would be hard to track. I also think that gives a level of validation to torrenting music. It would be almost an endorsement in some way, so I don't feel they should do that.
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Postby TheBoss123 » Nov 20th, '14, 05:14

True Wiz wrote:Not really. All torrents are interconnected.


Maybe, but that doesn't address the other concerns.
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Re: Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Str

Postby DetroitSkills » Nov 20th, '14, 07:05

True Wiz wrote:Not really. All torrents are interconnected.

not private torrent trackers doe, privates dont enable dht or local peer connection
also theres shit tons of trackers per torrent normally as well as peers and id venture to say it be imposible to track both seeders leechers and partial leechers as well as hit and runners so nah.


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Re: Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Str

Postby DetroitSkills » Nov 20th, '14, 08:47

True Wiz wrote:
DetroitSkills wrote:
True Wiz wrote:Not really. All torrents are interconnected.

not private torrent trackers doe, privates dont enable dht or local peer connection
also theres shit tons of trackers per torrent normally as well as peers and id venture to say it be imposible to track both seeders leechers and partial leechers as well as hit and runners so nah.

True. Would be good for music if it were possible though.

definitely! sales really arent a true representation of how many people are hearing the new shit
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Postby mdemaz » Nov 20th, '14, 08:49

a decade too late imo
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Re: Billboard change their rules: Album Chart to INCLUDE Str

Postby Iris2 » Nov 20th, '14, 09:52

Perfect moment to start uploading full albums on Youtube. Youtube might as well add an album feature to determine who has streamed an album and who hasn't.
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