Move Over Soundscan: Music's New Chart Could Measure Illegal Downloads, Too

Posted: July 20, 2010 in Music, News - crazy and otherwise
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Unveiled today at the New Music Seminar in New York City, the Ultimate Chart aims to update ancient methods still used to track the popularity of songs and artists. Rather than basing rankings primarily on, for example, physical album and single sales, the Ultimate Chart uses everything from Amazon downloads and Vevo views to Facebook fans and Twitter followers to provide the music industry a chart for the digital age.

“For the first time this is getting beyond but not leaving behind traditional sales and airplay,” said Eric Garland, CEO of Big Champagne, the company behind the chart. “What we’ve tried to do is take everything we know about the ways in which artists and their fans connect and put that into one measure, so that we really know where we stand.” [read]

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