Billboard and Twitter Introduce First Real-Time Music Charts

Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts is a collaboration between Billboard and Twitter where fans help rank the most popular songs shared on the social network in the U.S. The first chart, the Billboard Trending 140, is a ranking of songs shared in the U.S. measured by acceleration over the past hour. A real-time view of the most shared tracks over the past day is available. The second chart, the Emerging Artists chart, is ranked by the number of times each song by an up-and-coming artist was shared over the past day.

Both charts will have a weekly summary on and in print in Billboard magazine.


Billboard explains that songs are tracked and included in the charts by:

  •  the use of, or the inclusion, of a link to the song via music listening platforms, such as Spotify, Vevo and iTunes.
  •  the use of various track sharing notations, such as the hashtags “#nowplaying” or “#np,” along with song/artist name.
  •  the use of various terms associated with the song and song playing, such as “music,” “song,” “track,” “listen.”

The charts focus on the fact that music is the most discussed subject on Twitter, with over one billion music-related tweets in 2013. “One-hundred million of those tweets came from music accounts, and seven of the top 10 most-followed accounts on the entire platform are musicians,” notes Billboard.

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