Rolling Stone have kicked off their official charts today, with names like Lil Nas X and The Saboteurs proving as big winners.
Back in March, Rolling Stone revealed that they would be launching their official charts in May. With daily updates, and interactive functionality, these charts intended to make the ranking process more transparent, offering up details about streaming data and the calculations involved in the final standings.
While these charts were initially pushed back a while, today has finally seen their unveiling, with the company announcing their debut in a new statement.
Launched today, Rolling Stone have revealed five charts, including the Top 100 Songs, Top 200 Albums, Artists 500, Trending 25, and Breakthrough 25.
While the Songs and Albums charts serve to document the top singles and album in the US, the Artists chart looks at the most in-demand artists of the week by audio streams, the Trending chart ranks new songs that are seeing the greatest gains in popularity each week, and the Breakthrough chart highlights rising artists who are appearing on the charts for the very first time.
Powered independent analytics company Alpha Data, the charts auto-populate in real time, while the company will also offer up overview reports each week. Rolling Stone explains that their “aim is to reflect the true impact of music, celebrate the artists most deserving of attention, and better define what it really means to be number one.”