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Dec 1, 2014 10:00 AM

Hugh McIntyre

The Billboard 200 Chart Will Now Include Streaming. Will It Help Indie Artists?

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Chart positions and sales numbers certainly aren't everything, but to some musicians they're very important. There's something incredibly gratifying about seeing each consecutive album you release rise higher and higher on the charts – proof that all your hard work, touring, and promoting are working. For a long time now, reaching those charts has been difficult for most underground artists, but it looks like that may be changing in the coming weeks and months.

For the first time since 1991, Billboard has altered the way it calculates where albums rank on one of the two biggest charts it controls: the Billboard 200. Starting with the chart that rolls out on December 3, streaming services will now be factored into the 56-year-old weekly rankings, which opens quite a few doors for everyone in the industry and shakes things up like never before.

Features, billboard

Nov 6, 2014 12:30 PM

Kathleen Parrish

How Songs Make it Onto the Billboard Charts

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With its wide variety of charts, Billboard has measured music success since 1940. Many artists' perception of "making it" comes directly from those shiny gold and platinum records awarded by how high your song can climb. For artists on the rise, Billboard has the Uncharted (which measures social activity and streaming) and Heatseeker charts, along with the well-known Top 40, Hot 100 and Billboard 200, as well as individual category charts. Meanwhile, for unsigned artists, there seems to be a gap from successful musician to chart-topping Billboard smash hit. Bridging the gap takes time, chance, incessant marketing, and unquestionable talent – but which factors does Billboard take into consideration to determine which songs make it on the charts? Specific methodologies can be found on each chart page on billboard.com, but here's how the big three work:

TODAY: Last Chance to Apply for Bonnaroo! Here's What Billboard Wants to Hear

By now you’ve probably already heard the exciting news that Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and music industry institution Billboard are handpicking two Sonicbids bands to play Bonnaroo 2014. With perks like $1,000 in compensation, sharing a bill with legendary artists, and mass exposure, it’s truly the opportunity of a lifetime for an up-and-coming band.

The submission deadline is 11:59 PM EST tonight, April 25th, so as soon as you read up below on what Billboard editor M. Tye Comer is looking for, head on over to the application page and submit your EPK!

Wayne Coyne and Billboard To Curate Two Exclusive Performance Slots at Bonnaroo 2014

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So we've already told you that this year Sonicbids and  Bonnaroo are offering two performance slots open to all artists, and that two mega-high-profile curators will be choosing them.

Now we're super pumped to announce that these mystery curators are none other than the music industry institution Billboard and the iconic Wayne Coyne -- music innovator, psych-rock-sage and frontman of the Flaming Lips!