Charting the Charts

Friday, March 12, 2010


The music charts have traditionally relied on album sales and radio plays to rank songs and albums. So what do the charts mean today when there are so many other ways to listen to music? OTM producer Mark Phillips reports that charts as well as the very notion of popularity are changing.

Comments [3]

Karol Franco from Southeast Raleigh High - Raleigh, North Carolina

My generation does not have to buy music like my parents generation. I listen to music on YouTube and Sirrius-XM radio most days. Maybe Soundscan can get data from these sites as they come up with their lists as well.

Dec. 09 2010 11:16 PM
Erin Edmonds from Southeast Raleigh High

I look at the Billboard Hot 100 every week, and I agree that it does capture true popularity in music. So many people, including me, don't buy their music anymore, so the chart isn't accurate. I mostly listen to my music from youtube and online music sites like grooveshark. If somehow they could find the technology to site this type of music, more "underground" artist would be revealed as actually popular.

Oct. 22 2010 09:06 AM
Andrew from DC

I like On the Media a lot but was especially impressed by the show this week. Really a great collection of stories that provided insightful and timely information into a business that can be very difficult to penetrate. I hope you give the producer of this week's show opportunities to do more shows and I hope you cover the business of music more in the future.

Mar. 15 2010 10:16 PM

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