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An album recently launched exclusively on Apple Music has reportedly become the first to enter the top ten spaces on a major albums chart from streaming alone. The Coloring Book album from Chance the Rapper debuted on the Billboard 200 at position number eight, and it is the only one to have earned its place as a streaming-only release, without any traditional album sales counting towards the album's ranking.
On the heels of Kanye West withdrawing his latest album "for a week" and making it an exclusive on Tidal (after a brief appearance on iTunes) in order to help save the troubled streaming service, Atlanta-based rapper 'Future' (real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn) has hit the number-one position on both the Billboard top 200 and the Nielsen Music charts with his latest album Evol, despite the fact that the album is currently only available on iTunes (for downloads) and Apple Music (for streaming).
Listeners of Apple Music may get more choice in streaming music stations than the flagship Beats 1 in the future, according to a rumor that arrives at the same time as Apple Music starts to influence the music charts. While Billboard includes Apple's service to the roster it uses to compile its famous charts, it is also claimed that, as part of the licensing deals struck with major record labels to allow Apple Music to exist, Apple has the option of creating more streaming radio stations, potentially giving alternatives to current Beats 1 programming and personalities.
The way the popularity of content is measured may be seeing some changes in the coming weeks, both for audio and video. Billboard will start to include streaming and digital track sales as part of the Billboard 200 albums chart, while Nielsen is said to be preparing to track content watched through streaming services starting from next month.
Yahoo's former interim chief executive officer Ross Levinsohn has been appointed chief executive of Guggenheim Digital Media, the digital distribution avenue of private equity firm Guggenheim Partners. The company operates Prometheus Global Media, publisher of Adweek, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, and others.
Apple has continued to gain market share among music distributors in the US, according to a Billboard report. Apple's market share grew to 26.7 percent in 2009, up from 21.4 percent in the previous year.
Verizon on Thursday announced it will begin offering slotRadio+ microSD memory cards preloaded with music and compatible with the majority of the BlackBerry smartphones it carries. SanDisk introduced the cards at last year's CES, and they hold 1,000 songs from artists topping the Billboard charts in various genres. In addition to the music, users will also get 4GB of free storage space on each card.
The institution of variable song prices on iTunes has directly translated to a decrease in the popularity of the more expensive songs, Billboard finds in a short-term study of the immediate wake of the change. Those songs that were boosted to a $1.29 price typically fell 5.3 places on iTunes' Top 100 charts on Wednesday and another 2 places on Thursday. In exchange, those songs that kept their 99-cent pricing rose an average of 2.5 spots on Wednesday and 1.7 on Thursday.