How Music Charts

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Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish and Nipsey Hussle top the Apple Music Top Songs chart yesterday......Punjabi-Canadian rapper NAV rules the Billboard 200 album chart......Regional mint playlists tap the dance floors around the world @chartmetric #nerdout #musicdata

Show Notes

  • Highlights
    • Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish and Nipsey Hussle top the Apple Music Top Songs chart yesterday
    • Punjabi-Canadian rapper NAV rules the Billboard 200 album chart
    • Regional mint playlists tap the dance floors around the world
  • 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 April 2nd 2019.
  • Charts
    • Apple Music’s Top Songs chart yesterday was dominated by three narratives: the viral psuedo-country hit by Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish’s new album “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” and the untimely shooting death of LA rapper Nipsey Hussle.
    • Of the Top 100 songs that charted, LA-based Billie Eilish came away as the most frequently occuring artist on the chart at 16 tracks total. Two of her older songs “lovely” and “Idontwannabeyouanymore” joined all 14 of her new album’s tracks in an impressive show of force on Apple Music.
    • Atlanta rapper Lil Nas X, still managed to take the #1 spot on Apple’s Top Songs chart yesterday, probably in part thanks to the Billboard country chart controversy. Released on Apple only since March 13th, it’s already spent 10 days on the Top Songs chart.
    • Finally, the work of LA artist and community activist Nipsey Hussle, after his fatal shooting in front of his clothing store in South Los Angeles, experienced a surge in listening.
    • Six of Nipsey’s tracks, including collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Puff Daddy, made it into the Top 100 songs chart from positions 18 to 76. Five of those were from his last 2018 album “Victory Lap”, which was Grammy-nominated for Best Rap Album.
    • Nipsey was 33 years young. May he rest in peace.
  • Artist Highlight in the News
    • Punjabi-Canadian rapper and producer NAV nabbed his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart announced on March 31st.
    • The Toronto-native, who has tracks with The Weeknd, Travis Scott and Lil Uzi Vert, also has 1.2M Spotify followers and 8.9M monthly listeners, giving him a very impressive listener to follower ratio of 7.
    • This bodes well for NAV since this suggests repeated listening despite having a relatively lower follower count.
    • NAV’s hometown of Toronto takes fourth place in his most listened-to cities on Spotify, though his rap sound resonates most stateside: namely LA, Chicago, and Dallas. 
    • His Instagram at 1.5M followers is growing at approximately 2.8K daily.
    • His follower base is currently ¾ male and very strong in the 18-24 age range, with Nicki Minaj, Drake and WorldStarHipHop being among his most notable IG followers.
    • If you want to check out NAV’s work, you can find him in the #42 slot on Today’s Top Hits with his track “Price on My Head” (feat. the Weeknd).
  • Playlist Round-Up 
    • If you’re into electronic music, surely you already know about Spotify’s mint playlist at 5.4M followers and the 9th most followed playlist.
    • But do you know about mint Latin? Or mint Canada, mint BR (Brazil), or mint India?
    • Mint Latin for example has 1.8M followers and features “the new wave of Latin Electronic producers and DJs”. It currently has 50 tracks and an average track popularity score of 42 out of 100.
    • If 42 sounds a little low, our Jan 2018 Medium article on the mint playlist discussed how dance music exists in a different space that is more about the hours-long mix, making any single artist or track, well, not as important.
    • Surely this is made clear as mint Latin is a pre-mixed playlist just like its big brother: meaning if you listen from one track to another, a DJ has already made smooth transitions to give you one singular listening experience.
    • So if you’re looking for a frontline-oriented playlist featuring dance sounds from certain regions of the world, look no further.
  • Outro
    • That’s it for your Daily Data Dump for Monday April 2nd 2019. This is Jason from Chartmetric.
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    • Happy Tuesday, see you tomorrow!

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