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Billboard overhauls metrics for musical success

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It seems there are a lot of people who know all the album cuts from Ariana Grande’s album — yet it sits at only No. 36 on the Billboard 200.

Shouldn’t one of the most popular artists of the moment rank higher on the charts?

The problem for Grande is that many of her young fans listen to her tunes on Spotify, or just buy them individually via iTunes. Until last week, Billboard didn’t really care about those types of activities to gauge an album’s popularity. But that’s all about to change in a major way.

Recognizing that an album’s market success can’t solely be measured through traditional methods anymore, Billboard announced a major overhaul to the way it will rank music on its charts, the biggest change since it started using Nielsen Soundscan data in 1991.

For the first time, Billboard and Nielsen will incorporate streaming music and digital track sales into its album chart.

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