First published on http://www.thestar.com.my
Streaming music is the inescapable future and Billboard has embraced it with their new chart calculations.
What’s being described as the most significant change in more than two decades to the way Billboard calculates its album chart positions kicked in last week. For the first time, digital streams are to be factored in with the retail sales on which the chart has always been based.
As consumers move in greater numbers to streaming music rather than buying it, Billboard and the Nielsen SoundScan sales monitoring service that gathers the data on which the charts are based are to recognize that shift in determining chart positions.