The New York Times spoke to Billboard‘s Bill Werde, Hot 97’s program director Ebro Darden, and more to get a more holistic picture of the significant changes made to the “world’s” charts…
“Three weeks ago, the main genre charts only reflected FM radio play,” Mr. Werde said. “Every fan out there in the world knows and everyone in the music business knows that is not the business we are in anymore, that a stream on Rhapsody or Spotify, or a download at iTunes or Amazon — all these different things — are a meaningful part of the fan experience. And to have genre charts that don’t reflect that? I can’t believe anyone would be arguing for that.”
Still, some people did.