Billboard will launch The Global 100 chart, the first influential list ranking top songs globally, based on worldwide streams and download sales.
“The launch of The Global 100 chart marks a major step in the continuing evolution of the Billboard charts,” wrote Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s Senior V.P. of Charts and Data Products, in a press release. “For decades, the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100 has been viewed throughout the world as the barometer of success in music. Now, Billboard is proud to present a companion chart that will measure the impact of songs on an international scale.”
The Global 100 chart will be powered by Nielsen data and will track activity in more than 180 countries. Its operation will mirror the Hot 100 (sans radio) in that it will rank based on a weighted formula that factors digital downloads and streams (free + subscription) from all the leading audio and video platforms.
“The current musical landscape is no longer defined by borders and The Global 100 will further unify the music world by providing the definitive view of today’s top hits,” said Deanna Brown, president, Billboard – The Hollywood Reporter Media Group. “Coupled with the launch of our international music summit, Billboard is once again showing its commitment to being the leading platform for the music industry.”
Along with the new chart announced on May 6, Billboard will also organize a global summit and data conference in 2020, where international music industry players and data partners can review insights and key measures of success, as well as discuss the most pressing issues facing the business.
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