Music Industry

Published on May 14th, 2018 | by Jon Bunnies


YouTube launches music charts in 44 countries. This is interesting data for music nerds.

When someone quoted the music charts in the past, chances are they were referring to, long considered the bible of this method of keeping score. Everyone from sales, streams and radio airplay go into determining the journeys of songs and albums in and out of favour.

Billboard’s charts (and, if you’re in the UK, those published by ) are still a very important source of information, but the Internet era has created plenty of new metrics when it comes to assessing a song’s popularity.


Although digital sales continue to plummet, industry types are still keen to know who’s buying what. And because iTunes publishes what’s called “” (i.e. rankings that are constantly being updated and not just released on a weekly basis), we can sometimes see some interesting moves .


People are forever using the Shazam app to identify songs they like but don’t know. offers insight on which songs are popping with the public.


Shazam’s main competitor compiles the same sort of data.


What songs are being streamed by who and where? has become extraordinarily valuable to everyone in the music industry. and Apple Music have their own streaming charts.

There are Let`s see, but you get the idea.

Now YouTube . Because YouTube remains an important source of both music and music discovery, the industry needs to know who is watching what in any of 44 countries around the world.

Take a browse . It’s interesting to see what videos are hot around the world.

About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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