The All-New ‘Realtime’ Charts

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It seems the music charts have evolved to a new stage. Originally there were weekly music charts around the world, then the charts became more of a daily entity with the introduction of the iTunes charts and now Billboard and Twitter have teamed up to give an up-to-the-minute ranking of the fastest moving songs shared on Twitter in the U.S. Ok, so it’s not exactly an up-to-the-minute ranking of the official charts but pretty impressive all the same.

Titles are ranked based on a formula comparing the number of times they are shared within the last hour to the hourly average of shares over a rolling 24-hour period. The chart can also be filtered to present a real-time view of the most shared tracks in the U.S. on Twitter over the past 24 hours. And then there’s the Emerging Artists Chart also – a ranking of the most shared songs on Twitter in the U.S. by up-and-coming artists ranked by the number of times each song was shared over the past 24 hours. ‘Up-and-coming artists’ are defined as artists with fewer than 50,000 Twitter followers who have also not appeared as a lead artist in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Check out the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists here.