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Maluma and Metallica lead in Shazam chart presence in Mexico City yesterday......Jay-Z’s album “The Blueprint” is missing from Spotify and Apple Music, but gets added to the US National Recording Registry........Apple Music’s “This Week on the Voice” continues to refresh its catalog-focused playlist @chartmetric #nerdout #musicdata

Show Notes

  • Highlights
    • Maluma and Metallica lead in Shazam chart presence in Mexico City yesterday
    • Jay-Z’s album “The Blueprint” is missing from Spotify and Apple Music, but gets added to the US National Recording Registry
    • Apple Music’s “This Week on the Voice” continues to refresh its catalog-focused playlist
  • 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 Friday March 22nd 2019.
  • Charts
    • Colombian reggaeton artist Maluma and iconic American metal band Metallica find themselves in the same sentence for probably the first time in history, as both had two tracks in the Shazam Top Tracks chart for Mexico City yesterday.
    • Shazam updates a 50-track chart daily for each city the music recognition app operates in, and the two artists led in having the most tracks in the short list.
    • Maluma’s record “HP” which released last month on Feb 28th is accompanied by his collaboration with fellow Colombian Karol G on the romantic song “Creéme”, which released back in Nov 2018.
    • However, that’s not quite as throwback as Metallica’s two tracks “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Orion”, which respectively released in 1984 and 1986.
    • Seeing such different tracks being Shazamed so much in various bars and clubs across Mexico City may come as a surprise, but then again, maybe to be expected from a cosmopolitan city that Spotify called last November the “World’s Music Streaming Mecca”.
  • Artist Highlight in the News
    • On Wednesday, Brooklyn’s legendary rapper Jay-Z put another notch in his Yankee cap when his 2001 album “The Blueprint” got added to the US Library of Congress National Recording Registry, which designates "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" recordings in America.
    • Despite the accolade, the classic album is missing from two of America’s biggest streaming platforms, Spotify and Apple Music, presumably due to Jay-Z’s involvement with the Tidal streaming service and its focus on exclusivity.
    • So how does one track the Hov in the music data world? YouTube and terrestrial radio might work: Mr. Carter has 1.9M YouTube subscribers and over 678M total views on the platform, which for the past two years has shown a very consistent “weekend bump” pattern, and revealing one way in which his fans still consume his material. In the past month, his work week views would bottom out to about 1M daily views, while his weekend views would spring up to 1.3M. 
    • Terrestrial radio is another place, though Jiggaman might be surprised that his beloved New York City doesn’t play him the most in all of America. In the past six months, Detroit and Milwaukee have given Hov an average of 1435 radio spins, while NYC comes out to 1,056.
  • Playlist Round-Up 
    • The American singing competition series “The Voice” is currently in its 16th TV season, and you might not know that the producers also maintain an Apple Music curator account aptly titled, “The Voice”.
    • With it, they currently maintain 96 series-related playlists, with “This Week on the Voice” being its most long-running and maintained one.
    • In the US Apple Music storefront, the playlist runs parallel with that week’s music performances. 
    • The curators usually add tracks over the weekend on Saturday, while the episodes this season have aired on Monday and Tuesday nights in America.
    • A mostly catalog-focused playlist, it is that rare breed that also features a 100% track add ratio in the past month, due to its unique synchronicity with an ongoing TV series whose songs completely change on a weekly basis.
    • The current track list runs as far back as 1967 with the Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody”, and as recent as last year with Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy”.
    • A mishmash of karaoke-worthy hits, be sure to add it to your Apple Music app if you want to re-live the episode all the way through to the weekend.
  • Outro
    • That’s it for your Daily Data Dump for Friday March 22nd 2019. This is Jason from Chartmetric, virtually all this data is available at your fingertips, feel free to sign up for a free account at That’s chartmetric (no s) dot IO slash signup.
    • Bye for now, have a great weekend!

What is How Music Charts?

How Music Charts is the second season of Chartmetric's music industry + data podcast!

Season 1: "Your Music Data Dump" was 107 episodes of 3-minute, current event-focused episodes involving music data.
Season 2: "How Music Charts" is long-form & interview-driven with music industry guests focused on music & data today.

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