The Chart Problem

With news that ANOTHER Texas radio chart is launching it leads to, with admitted ignorance, several questions. 
 
-How relevant are these things? Artists such as Bingham, American Aquarium, Hayes Carll and countless others have carved out super successful careers without the aid of widespread radio.
-Radio does help new artists get booked. And it does provide a big industry circle jerk of radio+promoter+artist+agent+venue+festival=fans/$$.
-As millennials and the next generation come to more prominence, traditional spins will decrease as streaming goes up. Then what?
-Despite the abilities that are out there to skew numbers, shouldn’t we be paying more attention to things like stream numbers from Spotify/Apple Music, YouTube etc?
-Despite their decreased volume, sales numbers are usually a very viable means of tracking a band’s success.
 
Thoughts?

Brad Beheler

Raised in Waco, refined in the Hill Country, escaped from DFW. I've worked in just about every facet of the music business for 20 years. I like to write about it all. e-mail Brad Editor-in-Chief

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