Billboard’s parent company has bought Nielsen Music insights

Billboard may get exclusive access to the music data powering their charts as their parent company buys out the influential Nielsen Music. Valence Media have bought Nielsen Music, an organisation renowned for their data and…

Billboard change how album sales are counted for merch bundles

Billboard have looked at the way they count album sales and changed the rules for how a sale is counted for merchandise bundles. Merchandise bundles have been causing a bit of a fuss in recent…

Billboard’s parent company to purchase Nielsen SoundScan

Valence are looking to acquire SoundScan so that Billboards charts and music data are all under one umbrella. Billboard and SoundScan work closely together, with the latter providing music data and analytics to inform the…

Rolling Stone’s daily music charts take Billboard head on

Billboard have a new competitor in tallying up the most popular music as Rolling Stone launch their all new music charts. As one of the most famed music publications around the world, Rolling Stone are…

Spotify respond to Nicki Minaj’s Twitter meltdown

Nicki Minaj only made it to #2 on the charts with her new album ‘Queen’, so of course there must be a big conspiracy to keep her down. Nicki Minaj is still a worldwide superstar…

Tips for artists in interviews from a top Billboard journalist

The more ears start opening up to your music the more attention you’ll get and eventually that catches the attention of journos – here’s some expert advice on handling interviews. Spotify have conducted a meta-interview…

Apple Music just hired a writer from Billboard, XXL, Complex

Apple Music have hired an experienced music journalist to helm the editorial ship in Apple’s music streaming fleet. Apple have hiredĀ adept journalist Alex Gale to take on the head position of their editorial department. Gale…

Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, and others merge into new ‘Valence Media’ company

Billboard and other big media companies have come together to become one big unified company. Film, television, news, all come together in a new partnership that sees 3 of media’s biggest companies join together. The…

Post Malone breaks the Spotify record for longest No. 1 stretch

The White Iverson, Post Malone, has set a new record for Spotify with his latest hit Rockstar sitting at the top of the charts for the longest ever. Ed Sheeran may still be the king…

Music streaming will have a greater impact on chart positions next year

Billboard have announced a change to how they count streams from services like Spotify and Apple Music towards chart positions. Starting in 2018 Billboard will have 2 different values for streams based on whether it…