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Billboard launches global music charts

By | Published on Tuesday 15 September 2020


Billboard and MRC Data have announced the launch of two new global music charts which, they say, will “give an accurate glimpse into the most popular songs on the planet”.

The two charts will collate sales and streaming data from more than 200 markets. There’s two because one will remove US data from the proceedings because, well, I don’t know why. Maybe it will give non-American artists more of a chance to shine.

After all, the first Billboard Global 200 chart is topped by Cardi B, while the first edition of the snappily titled Billboard Global Excl US chart has Colombian artist Maluma at number one.

The charts will be compiled by MRC Data, the sister company to Billboard that was created after the industry trade mag’s publisher – then still known as Valence Media, now MRC Media & Info – acquired some music data assets from Nielsen last year.

Commenting on the new global charts, Deanna Brown – President of both MRC Data and MRC Media & Info – says: “As the steward of the definitive industry charts we’re THRILLED to unveil our global charts which give the industry insights into the most powerful artists worldwide, what songs have an international impact, as well as what songs may start trending outside of the United States”.