Analysis of Popular Music Charts

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In order to determine whether a song is popular or not many people consult one of the various popular music charts. However, do these so called ‘popular music charts’ accurately depict what is considered to be popular? By thoroughly analyzing the methods of accessing the popularity of music, Billboard Magazine uses in their top 25 dance/electronic songs for November 30th – December 7th, 2013 this paper aims to discover whether or not popular music charts are the best implication of what is to be considered popular. The analysis will critically examine the contents of the chart in order to explain whether or not the methods Billboard used, accurately depict the popularity of these songs. Whilst exposing the possible effect of using such measures of popularity. As well, the analysis will discuss the idea of quality in relation to popularity and how the two ideas don’t always mean the same thing. According to Hinds when determining popularity “one of two variables is used: how many were bought or viewed, or how many dollars were spent on sales or rentals.” (pp. 373) Seeing as Billboard explains that the songs are ranked by a combination of “radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, streaming activity data by online music sources tracked by Nielsen BDS and reports from a national sample of club DJs” (Billboard, 2013). This statement holds true for Billboard Magazine’s top 25 dance/electronic songs for November
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