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Billboard And The Question Of Competence

Whatever Billboard may think they are doing, and however they think their charts make any sense whatsoever, they have one, primary, responsibility: post the fucking Hot 100 and Billboard 200 the second they are meant to be posted… so let’s start with that.

Sunday – An article about the albums or singles top ten

Monday – The remaining singles or albums top ten

Tuesday – The entire  chart is posted on the website.

It’s not that complicated, right? And it is their reason for living. Not having the charts on time is the equivalent of running out of beef patties at McDonalds. Stuff your fucking happy meal, where is the hamburger? Week in and week out they miss their deadline, and it is impossible to tell when the charts will appear.

If that is a huge problem, there are others. For instance, why on earth are charts published on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, dated a week later? For instance, the chart you are not reading here will be for Saturday January 26th, will, in fact, read Week Of January 26th, 2019? Why? In the UK the same chart will read 1-18-19 – 1-24-19 and when will the UK charts be released? At 1pm on Friday. Every Friday. At that time. Without fail. What are Billboard doing?

Which leads me to the new question: what the hell are Billboard doing? I don’t even know what constitutes a single anymore let alone how they add up streams and from where. I take Billboard at their word because I have no choice but to take em at their word, just like Nielsen (which is where they get their numbers) but I don’t believe them really. They are the only game in town.

So in summation, Billboard has:

1 -Tons of articles that have nothing to do with their main job

2 – Tons of charts that mean nothing

3 – Problems with deadlines on a weekly basis

4 – A refusal to explain what constitutes a single

5 – A refusal to explain their Special Sauce for their charts.

OH, and don’t give that MLK day, pay em time and a half. Billboard should be fired, they don’t do their job. Just post the damn charts every Sunday afternoon (1-20-19), so the latest one (meant to be here yesterday and a no show) can read  read 1-19-19 – 1-25-19.


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