We have been addressing the need of a toplist of what people are listening to on the internet before. In April last year I wrote about the problem with CDs still being a way to value what’s serious or not. I ended it by asking for better collected statistics of internet music listening:
“I’m looking forward to an accurate internet chart that is transparent with what it’s measuring and what services is ranked the highest. The chart should be revised along with the rapid changes of the internet culture. Along with better music services this can really make a difference and forever change the main way we distribute, value and explore music. And, from a music labels point of view, change the way of being serious.”
Since then BBC did a trial with their Sound Index which is now over. Happily there seems to be a service that is taking this track again. We Are Haunted is presenting the 99 most popular songs online in a nice and handy way. And it’s also a neat way to explore new music.
“We Are Hunted is the Online Music Chart. We aggregate social networks, forums, music blogs, Torrents, P2P Networks and Twitter to develop a daily chart of the 99 most popular songs online.”
I’m looking forward to follow the Moto Boy attention. And is hoping that We Are Hunted is going towards more openness and transparency and let us know exactly which sites they scrape from.