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Rolling Stone To Challenge Billboard With Music Charts

image from www.digitalmusicnews.comRolling Stone Magazine is launching multiple music charts in a direct challenge to Billboard. Data for the charts will come from BuzzAngle Music.

Rollling Stone owners PMC made a strategic investment in the music data firm last year.

Rolling Stone has increased its music industry coverage in recent months, including pieces by Tim Ingham, the founder and publisher of Music Business Worldwide. PMC also owns Variety, which has expanded its music business coverage, as well.

Launching Next Week

Debuting Monday, the “Rolling Stone Charts” will include US top 100 singles and top 200 albums The singles chart will be updated daily instead of weekly, as Billboard does. There will also be the Rolling Stone Artist 500 of the most streamed artists. the Rolling Stone Trending 25 of the fastest moving songs and the Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25 of artists who have charted for the first time.

“PMC’s strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms,” PMC CEO Jay Penske told Variety. “What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.”


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