Music News 8.22.17

Billboard Revamps Emerging Artists Chart

Keeping up with Billboard charts may not be your jive, but they’ve resurrected a list that may perk your ears. Billboard has relaunched a revised version of their Emerging Artists chart, one that, “incorporates key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.” Another vital factor taken into this chart is that to be on the Emerging Artist chart, artists cannot have landed a top 25 spot on either the Hot 100 or Billboard 2000, nor can they have scored more than 2 spots in the top 10 on any “Hot” single and/or album genre charts, such as Hot Rock Songs, Top Latin Albums, etc. With this revived chart, Billboard hopes to stay on the forefront of music discovery and how to measure it. Topping Billboard’s inaugural Emerging Artists chart is Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still.”

Universal Music Group Announce 3 New Music-Centered Shows

Universal Music Group and Josh Wakely, the creator behind the Netflix Beatles-inspired children’s series Beat Bugs, have announced a partnership and the creation of three new shows with full access to Universal’s catalog. Not all the new shows are for children, in fact, only one of them is. Melody Island is an animated series with episodes centered on, “a story inspired by a classic Universal Music Group master or composition with an uplifting message and tropical island feel.” For more mature audiences, 27 is a live-action, scripted show based on, you guessed it, legendary musicians whose lives ended tragically at 27. Rounding out the trio is Mixtape, a 12-track drama that employs the mechanical features of a tape (rewind, fast forward, etc) on the defining moments of relationships, love, and heartbreaks of each track’s characters.

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