According to Vanity Fair reports, there are plans in store for Rolling Stone’s very own music sales charts!
Titled Rolling Stone Charts (how fitting), the rankings will be compiled via a partnership between Rolling Stone and Alpha Data.
Alpha Data is a relatively new analytics system that was launched in 2016 and previously known as BuzzAngle Music.
The Rolling Stone Charts
The Rolling Stone Charts is going to cover the US top 200 albums and top 100 singles. The singles rankings are set to receive daily updates while Billboard singles chart is currently on a weekly basis.
There will also be a Rolling Stone Artist 500 chart, which will cover the most-streamed hits; the Rolling Stone Trending 25 which is a breakdown of the fastest-rising records; and the Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25, a roundup of the new artists who’ve made it to the charts for the first time.
There will be a strong focus on developing a better implementation of streaming figures and the architects involved are hoping it will result in more transparency when it comes to sales figures.
An official press release from Jay Penske, CEO of Rolling Stone‘s parent company Penske Media Corp says:
“What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends,”
Penske adds in a statement sent to Variety:
“PMC’s strategy is to constantly evolve our brands and products across media platforms. What’s imperative and exciting about our new Rolling Stone Charts is that it will present a transparent, granular and real-time quantification to accurately reflect listeners’ evolving interests and give insight into worldwide trends.”