Twitter and Billboard have officially launched the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts. The two companies have teamed up to provide an industry first in music tracking by targeting the most shared songs on the social media platform in the United States and potentially world-wide if successful. The charts will be broken up into two categories, Trending 140 and Emerging Artists.

The Billboard Trending 140 is categorized as an up to the minute rank of songs trending in the U.S., measured by activity circulating within the hour.  This same chart can also be filtered to display a live view of the most shared songs over the entirety of the past 24 hours.

The Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists however is aimed at showing the most shared songs on Twitter by up-and-coming artists ranked by the number of times each song was shared over the past 24 hours. Both charts will have weekly summaries on the Top Tracks chart on and in print.

Songs are identified and noted when tweets include links to music listening platforms (Spotify, iTunes) and the hashtags #nowplaying or #np with the song/artists name.

Last month Twitter tried a similar ranking system on its own but eventually shut down its #music app due to lack of popularity.


Cameron Da Silva

Cameron Da Silva has always envisioned himself being apart of the ever-changing world of journalism. Currently completing his third and final year at Humber College in the Journalism Print and Broadcasting program, Cameron has been a writer and Biz/Tech section editor for the school’s newspaper, The Humber Et Cetera since September 2012. He published articles on a weekly basis and built contacts in the business and technology world. He has been able to combine his passions for reporting and hip-hop music by joining #TeamUrbanology as an intern in September 2013. Cameron has enjoyed his time covering concerts by some of his favourite artists like Joey Bada$$ and Mac Miller and has also opened his eyes to a new genre of reporting.

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