Billboard creates chart to include Net radio song plays

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:45pm

Billboard has added the brand new "Streaming Songs" chart to include song play data from top web radio streams.

Using data from BDS (Broadcast Data Systems), it ranks the top web radio streams and on-demand audio titles from services like Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio, MySpace, Xbox Music, and Guvera.

Billboard explains it like this: "Where On-Demand Songs, which launched in March 2012, measures consumer-activated audio plays on the above streaming services with on-demand functionality, Streaming Songs includes that data, as well as on-demand streams." [We're guessing that last phrase is supposed to be "as well as Internet radio streams." -- Ed.]

The data from this chart is the streaming segment of several other Billboard charts: the Hot 100's data pool, plus Billboard's other hybrid genre charts for Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, R&B, Rap, Latin, Rock, and the just-announced Dance/Electronic Songs.

That "Dance/Electronic Songs" chart compiles the top dance songs in the country based on digital download sales (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan), radio airplay and streaming data (both monitored by Nielsen BDS), and reported club play from a select national panel of 140 club DJs.

Last March Billboard created the "On-Demand Songs" chart, based on song plays on subscription online music services, and announced that data from the chart would be included in Billboard's Hot 100 (see RAIN here). In October, Billboard began factoring streaming data and digital download sales into its rankings for major music charts. See RAIN here.

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Data driving new Billboard "On-Demand" chart will be included in Hot 100

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 12:30pm

Billboard has created the "On-Demand Songs" chart, based on song plays on subscription online music services. Data from the chart is now included in Billboard's Hot 100.

The weekly chart will rank songs based on "every on-demand play request and plays from unlimited listener-controlled radio channels" available from MOG, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker and Spotify (data from Zune and Sony Music Unlimited is planned to be included in the coming weeks). This includes streams as well as tethered downloads, as heard by paying subscribers and free users alike.

Billboards' Hot 100 will now include the streaming data from the new On-Demand Songs chart, plus non-interactive plays from Rhapsody and Slacker. (This is in addition to terrestrial radio plays, digital track sales, plays on video request service Akoo, and audio from on-demand streams from MySpace and Guvera, Yahoo! radio streams and Yahoo! on-demand video plays.)

Nielsen BDS, which collects and processes the streaming data for the chart, says it's tallied more than 4.5. billion audio streams so far this year, including an all-time weekly high of more than 625 million in the past week. The updated Hot 100 and the new On-Demand Songs chart debut tomorrow on and, and in the next issue of Billboard magazine, available Friday. The On-Demand Songs chart will also be featured each week on

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