There’s been a big announcement for chart music today as Billboard has announced with MRC two brand new authoritative charts – Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S – ranking the top songs globally.
From KPOP to Latin, some of the biggest developments in today’s pop music come from outside of the U.S. which has prompted the creation of these two new charts, with one accounting from over 200 territories around the world, and the other excluding the U.S. Interesting, right?
Billboard reported that they and MRC Data have been discussing these two new charts with the industry and data providers for over two years, with one of the goals for the project being to expose people to music from multiple territories. It’s also hoped that the power of Billboard and MRC data brands will bring long-overdue exposure and recognition for acts from overseas.
So how will these new charts work?
According to Billboard, the two charts will be determined by a mix of song sales and streams, with streams from paid subscriptions being more impactful than those from free subscriptions. While we don’t know how many paid and free streams will equal to one song sale, it takes 125 paid streams and 375 streams to equal one sale on the Hot 100.
The first charts are compiled with data from the tracking dates of September 4th through September 10th, with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s ‘WAP’ crowned the first No.1 of the Billboard Global 200, and Maluma‘s ‘Hawaii’ topping the Global Excl. U.S. No.1.
Notably, radio play isn’t counted towards these chart rankings, meaning it’s a promising start for stan culture, with many artists with a global reach and lack of radio play seeing the majority of their music sales from streams and purchases. Fandoms often heavily rely on the U.S fanbases to work hard in helping their faves’ music chart on the world-renowned charts, with often international fans relying on VPNs to help, but with global streams counting, it means fandoms can unite and work together internationally in hopes to support their artists.
The new chart positions will be announced every Tuesday by Billboard, showcasing the top 100 on the outlet’s website, while the top 200 rankings will be visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service.
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