The Billboard Hot 100 is arguably the most well-known music chart in the world. It has been a staple in the music industry for over 60 years, providing a snapshot of the most popular songs at any given time. However, once again and recently, many music fans have raised concerns over the Hot 100 chart being no longer the reliable indicator of musical quality and success it was.
With the rise of independent artists and alternative distribution models, many musicians are finding success outside of the traditional music industry. For example, artists like Chance the Rapper and Tyler, the Creator have achieved critical acclaim and financial success without ever charting on the Hot 100.
On January 2022 Billboard itself introduced new rules for the Hot 100 and other charts Only 1 digital sale will be counted per customer per week for songs and albums. “Bulk purchases” won’t be counted anymore.
A new rule that forced the music industry to find a new controversial tactic that was revealed through the New hot100 on March 3, 2023.
Jimin of K-pop group BTS has become the first South Korean solo artist to top the US songs chart with his song, Like Crazy.
Despit being out on all USA platforms like Apple Music, Pandora chart and with less than 500K daily streams on US Spotify Like Crazy went #1 on Hot100 with only 10M streams but 240K sales. The new raised concerns among general public on Monday.
While Jimin’s success on the Hot 100 is a testament to the power of BTS dedicated and cult alike fanbase, it also highlights the need for greater transparency and the importance of ensuring that the charts remain a reliable and trusted measure of success.
4 duplicate version of Like Crazy, 29 version to buy for chart even “alternate covers” were available for purchase. This tactic is intended to further pass the general public’s lack of interest in his new music.
As the music industry continues to evolve, it will be important to address this concerns and ensure that the charts remain a fair and accurate reflection of the popularity of EVERY artists and their songs.