This year, the number one club is very exclusive. That's because even though the music industry's method of promoting, selling, and marketing music has completely transformed in the last 25 years, the way a number one song is decided is still really similar. The number one spot is elusive, it's so easy to nearly miss it, and it carries a kind of prestige that no artist can deny wanting.
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Be ready to ride the lightning of virality. Prepare to dip your hands into the lucky bag of clicks, gather the storm clouds of hype, and anoint yourself a Really Dope Producer to Watch. For half a century, the record industry was a powerful and well-oiled machine, powered by things like labels and Billboard charts and vinyl pressing plants and Simon Cowell and record studios. Scaling the ranks to stardom involved following a specific formula, one which inspired sample-slinging pranksters the KLF to write The Manual How to Have a Number One the Easy Way , a tongue-in-cheek guide to achieving a 1 hit in the UK which the group in fact did, with their hit " 3 A.
From the topic Music. Back in , two years after the official UK chart was launched, there were 11 number ones. Lots has changed including audio streams counting towards a track's top 40 position and a shift in when the chart is announced. In the s the process was a simple one. Pick up the phone, call a few retailers and get them to note down their sales to create the UK sales charts. Now, more than 6, retailers contribute to the chart, as well as audio streams from services like Spotify, Deezer and Napster which all count towards a track's chart position. In July , a global agreement by the music industry to release all new albums and singles on a Friday meant the chart moved from its traditional Sunday slot to Friday afternoons. In order for the public to like your song enough for it to be number one, they have to hear it - a lot. Austin Daboh, the music manager at BBC Radio 1Xtra, said there are "a few different ways" that records end up on the playlist. The two most common are for songs to either be picked up by specialist shows on the networks - like Annie Mac on Radio 1 or MistaJam on 1Xtra.
The Billboard Hot is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales physical and digital , radio play , and online streaming in the United States. The weekly tracking period for sales was initially Monday to Sunday when Nielsen started tracking sales in , but was changed to Friday to Thursday in July