Music streaming platform Boomplay’s data will now be added to the data that informs the prestigious Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200, Artist 100, and Billboard Global 200 charts, as well as all other Billboard U.S. and global charts that include streaming data, as part of its commitment to assisting the African music industry in realizing its full potential.
This will apply to data from the tracking week of October 15 to October 21. (Billboard charts dated October 30).
With millions of African songs being streamed on the platform around the world, including Boomplay’s stream statistics in the renowned charts gives African and international artists and music on the platform additional worldwide visibility. Boomplay streams will be included in the ‘Others’ data bucket under Audio On-Demand on MRC Data’s Music Connect platform, with data viewable on October 12, 2021, for streams commencing on October 8, 2021.
Billboard reports that “The premise of MRC Data is to provide the most comprehensive view of music consumption to the music business and our clients. We’re thrilled to share that more Boomplay data has been collected.”
Phil Choi, Boomplay’s Director of Content & Strategy, described the company’s entry into the charts as “a significant step toward ensuring that African musicians on the platform are fairly and equally represented where it counts and that they have access to the same opportunities as their international counterparts.
While this may have seemed impossible in the past, thanks to our cooperation with Billboard Charts, we now have one foot in the door.” Streams from Boomplay’s subscription tier and logged-in streams from its ad-supported tier are represented in the Billboard charts, with streams from each tier weighted properly.