Sir Xsarus wrote:
Are you trying to say that a small number of fans were buying her music over and over and that's why every one of her albums went to number 1?
No. I'm saying that by including online streaming and downloads into their calculation, there is greater possibility of high chart rankings despite relatively low radio station play of the same song. So song A is being played on 10 different stations across 3 different genres in a given market, but because of this fewer people are streaming it online (cause they're hearing it every day in their car). Song B is available on 2 stations in one genre in the same market, but has a much greater volume of downloading and streaming. Song B will chart higher than song A even though song A has a far wider audience.
This means that there's a greater chance of a chart topping song not having been heard ever by a much larger percentage of the radio listening population than in the past.
Note that Billboard has always been about sales and never about playtime, at least as far as I've been able to find.
False. Billboard has always been about both radio play and sales. In fact, for some time they limited it to the union of both, meaning if a song was getting massive airplay but wasn't currently on sale as a single, it didn't chart. Over the last 20 years, they've changed to rules to allow for more methods of play to count as well as sales, even when the single isn't for sale at all. Most significantly, they've added online access (downloads and streams) to their chart calculation (in the last decade).
Again, we can discuss why these changes were made (and a lot of it had to do with big labels squeezing out competition by manipulating airplay, so I'm not saying this is a bad thing), but it's foolish to insist that someone must be nuts because they don't think that a chart topping artist has that broad of an audience. She doesn't.
Radio Stations certainly use the numbers as input into what they should play.
Radio stations are generally given copies of songs by the label and permission to air them (generates ad revenue for the station, and advertising for the label). Whether a song is played and how often it's played has to do with the audience of the station and what they are requesting (and yes, sometimes what the labels are pushing). That and the genre focus of most radio stations is why you can have artists who get big chart numbers, but only a relatively small percentage of all radio listeners have heard their songs. I honestly think that saying 60% of superbowl viewers could not name or recognize a Beyonce song is not far off at all. Edited, Feb 12th 2013 5:27pm by gbaji