As you may have heard, music industry magazine, Billboard, has altered the way its charts work. The charts now include digital downloads and streams as a means of rating popularity, which has some fans up in arms, claiming that the new formula unfairly favors crossover hits. Via Rolling Stone:
Rihanna, whom most fans perceive as a Top 40 artist rather than an R&B star, jumped abruptly from Number 66 to Number One with “Diamonds.” Even more absurdly, Psy, who doesn’t even rap on his K-pop smash “Gangnam Style,” surged from Number 20 to Number One. The changes could ultimately lead to pressure from record labels on more niche-oriented artists to broaden their sound, Swift-style.
Is this just a sign o’ the times or is Billboard caving in to a virality-obsessed consumer culture?