How Do Music Charts Work?

DOING MY RESEARCH ON HOW MUSICIANS LAND ON RANKING CHARTS

How does this Music Charting work?

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2LtavivfV1vSgH38bL5oQx

Here is what google is coming up with:

Music Gateway

“Historically, music charts are lists based on popularity of songs and albums. They are showcased in order to highlight the trends of each era according to the level of consumption. In the modern day world, we are talking about physical sales, digital downloads and radio airplay.

What typically counts are elements such as:

  • Physical sales
  • Digital downloads
  • Radio airplay
  • Streams
  • Video views
  • Social media influence 

In the 1950s, the UK Singles Chart was created. Over the next ten years, it would see an increase in its activity, becoming “Official” by having acts such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles listed. In the following decades, music charts became important, as people were able to acquire more equipment and new technologies (the cassette and compact discs). These earned importance as globalisation grew, so the music charts became relevant in the management of music’s popularity in most parts of the world.”

https://www.musicgateway.com/blog/how-to/the-complete-guide-to-music-charts

“Historically, music charts are lists based on popularity of songs and albums. They are showcased in order to highlight the trends of each era according to the level of consumption. In the modern day world, we are talking about physical sales, digital downloads and radio airplay.May 15, 2020”

https://www.musicgateway.com › blog

“You need to sell, on average, 450 to 500 albums in the first week to get on a Billboard chart. Or get between 562,500 and 1,687,500 streams. Or have a combination of the two. Many unsigned artists have hit the Billboard Charts just by selling this relatively small amount of units.”

https://www.orpheusaudioacademy.com › …

“Billboard will have multiple weighted tiers of streaming plays for the Hot 100, which take into account paid subscription streams (representing a full point value per play), ad-supported streams (representing a 2/3-point value per play) and programmed streams (representing a 1/2-point value per play).” May 1, 2018

https://www.billboard.com

There are a variety of Indie Artists making it onto charts, but how. Shoot, I’m happy for them I just want to know how? Are the CHARTS Personnel gathering data somehow to determine? And if so, where are they gathering the data from.

Sales, Streams on Streaming Platforms, YouTube Streams, Radio Airplay that all makes sense…this all makes sense, but I do question if some of these charting artists are really hitting those marks. Are they?

Can you help me understand the MUSIC CHARTS?

LadyFlava of LadyFlavaNews

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