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BillBoard: Digital tracks pose new problem for Billboard’s industry charts

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2003
News Categories: Digital Media

“Rising sales of digital tracks through such services as iTunes Music Store and Napster are raising questions about how such transactions should be measured on the Billboard charts. [...]

‘The consumer’s rapid and enthusiastic acceptance of iTunes and other download services gives great meaning to that data,” says Geoff Mayfield, Billboard director of charts. “We will need to factor those transactions into The Billboard Hot 100 . . . .’”

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I don’t think I have ever used Billboard before so who cares?

Posted by Stewy on November 12, 2003 at 10:57 AM (PDT)


Billboard is an industry magazine. Music careers begin and end according to an artist’s performance on the charts. If your stuff isn’t selling and your records aren’t getting airplay, this is reflected in your ranking, and it probably won’t be long until you lose your record deal.

Posted by Sean M. Butler on November 12, 2003 at 12:45 PM (PDT)

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