Hype Machine Outs Artists For Chart Manipulation
"We found several artists and blogs creating fake accounts on the site and favoriting their tracks to get higher visibility in the charts," Hype Machine editors wrote on their blog. "Because we’ve only recently switched to a chart based on the number of favorites, their efforts were not fruitful, however. We’ve locked the accounts we detected as fraudulent and suspended tracking blogs we’ve detected contributing to this."
Hype Machine has taken steps to make chart manipulation and named the offenders.
A full list of artists named by Hype Machine for abuse:
Alexander Technique / Princess Superstar
Big Dope P
Death to the Throne
Emil & Friends
Kids at the Bar
The Muscle Club