How Music Charts

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Major labels usually dominate top music playlists, but Apple’s Global Release Day playlist, Best of the Week, tells a different @chartmetric #foundonfriday #musicindustry #business #data #nerdout #analysis

Show Notes

  • Highlights
    • Major labels usually dominate top music playlists, but Apple’s Global Release Day playlist, Best of the Week, tells a different story.
  • Mission   
    • Good morning, it’s Jason here at Chartmetric with your 3-minute Data Dump where we upload charts, artists and playlists into your brain so you can stay up on the latest in the music data world.
  • Date
    • This is your Data Dump for Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.
  • New Music Friday Monday:
    • Hope the American listeners enjoyed Memorial Day and those in the UK Spring Bank Holiday, welcome back to the work week.
    • On this New Music Friday Tuesday, we’re revisiting the newest adds to Apple Music’s Best of the Week playlist in the US storefront since we last looked in late March.
    • Like Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, it updates every Global Release Friday. 
    • With a 28-Day Add Ratio of 100 percent, it’s obviously the most frontline of frontline playlists, and brings 67 new songs to our attention this week.
    • In the No. 1, 2, and 3 spots on Friday’s playlist positioning are Ed Sheeran, Young Thug, and YG, with tracks released by Warner and Universal subsidiaries.
    • No real surprise here, but new deals and labels are making the spread a bit more interesting: only 11 of the 67 tracks this week were owned and operated by majors, just over 16%.
    • The funky track “Playground” by The Internet guitarist and recent Vampire Weekend collaborator Steve Lacy bucks the major label trend altogether with a partnership between music startup 3qtr (Three Quarter), who consider themselves part record label, venture capital, management, and PR firm, and label services company AWAL, or Artists Without a Label, which is owned by publishing and tech firm Kobalt, currently neck and neck with the majors when it comes to market share in publishing.
    • At the #5 position on the US Best of the Week is Clairo with chilled-out track “Bags,” who is operating under a 12-song licensing deal with the FADER Label, something that’s becoming increasingly popular for artists wanting to retain ownership and creative control over their copyrights.
    • With over 12 million monthly listeners on Spotify, Chance the Rapper released the mid-tempo jam “Cross Me” with Ed Sheeran in the #1 position, still a poster boy for the DIY artist career track.
    • Flying Lotus is back in the mix, with a Denzel Curry cameo on “Black Balloons Reprise” and the Warp Records release of his sixth studio album, Flamagra. While presumably a traditional deal, the British electronic label Warp is another notable indie at the top of this week’s best. 
    • Throwing in other new releases from Google-backed 300 Entertainment, indie country giant Big Machine Label Group, and K-pop’s enormous SM Entertainment agency…what defines “major” and ”indie” starts to get dicey at best.
    • The majors might still have the lion’s share of the industry, but this week’s Best of the Week mixes things up and shows today’s artists what a variety of potential career options could look like.
  • Outro

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