Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Billboard and MRC launch two new global music charts | Music Ally

We’re used to reporting on the ins and outs in Billboard’s US music charts, but now the publication and data partner MRC are turning their attention to global rankings.

They’ve launched two new charts: the ‘Billboard Global 200’ and the ‘Billboard Global Excl. US’, which will collect data from more than 200 territories on “official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of leading digital platforms, and downloads from key online music retailers”.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ tops the first Global 200 rankings, while Maluma’s ‘Hawái’ is number one on the chart that excludes the US.

That’s not so different from the obvious comparison, Spotify’s Global Top 50 chart, where at the time of writing ‘WAP’ is number one and ‘Hawái’ number three.

Spotify’s chart is missing some markets though: China, for example, and South Korea, so we’ll be interested to see how music from those countries places in Billboard and MRC’s new rankings.

Stuart Dredge

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