Jesper wrote:I don't agree that charts should all be about sales, these days, artist also release various remixes and stuff to keep it selling, which does not really give a fair view of what is really hot, it should be an important factor but not the only thing to base a whole chart on.
We live in a time where millions of people also watch youtube, scrobble their ipod plays and stream their music on sites. I think such things should play an more important role in the charts these days especially since that shows really what is hot atm and what loads of people play beside the bought music on itunes or the music that is bought physically.
This is my opinion as well. Sales mean you bought it once (and of course stans will buy multiple copies in hopes to help a chart position),but I think the age we're living in now, factoring in things like Spotify, last.fm, Itunes player, YouTube, Rhapsody and others are more or less a true representation of what people are listening to and loving at the moment over radio trying to make a song a hit. If a million people are watching a clip on YouTube, even if its for irony (like when Rebecca Black was the rage), I think it speaks many more volumes than radio playing a song one million times.
Radio as we know it has become more and more irrelevant in the past decade as we've seen many million-selling albums that didn't have one single reach top 40 in airplay (Mumford And Sons is a great example.. their album reached a very wide audience and sold as much as Katy's album with five #1 singles did, even though the highest they got on the singles chart was "The Cave" at #27 with a huge post-Grammy sales boost, but airplay held it back from peaking higher).