There’s a New Chart Sherrif in Town

Billboard’s charts of albums and singles, published in their current form since the 1950s, are the last word in music rankings. But has the magazine’s methodology kept pace with changes in technology and music consumption?

This week BigChampagne, a company that tracks online media, announced the Ultimate Chart, a challenger that it says measures music’s popularity more fully by counting not only sales and airplay (as Billboard does) but also online streams and an array of social-networking services.
Read more here from the New York Times.