This isn’t something that you might have noticed, but Billboard has just caught up with technology and received a digital update. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 songs chart will now gather data from streaming music sites and subscription based music services.
The new data will be added to what currently defines the chart, which is radio airplay and digital downloads. When Billboard compared the new data to the old, they noticed that the change had an effect on electronic music, saying M83 and Skrillex would have made it into the Hot 100. The additional digital data is going to be supplied by Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Slacker Inc., Cricket Communications Inc.’s Muve Music and MOG Inc. Over time, we’re curious to see how this update changes things.
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