Daily Archives: May 3, 2018

Billboard’s New Chart Rules Gives Preference To Paid Streams

Billboard has changed its chart rankings to give paid streaming preference over free streams. The changes will take place June 29th and they have new system divided into two different pyramids. Paid streams will receive one full point per play, ad-supported streams will receive two-thirds of a point and programmed streams will get one-half of a point per stream for the Billboard 100 chart. The Billboard 200 will equate 1,250 paid streams to one album and it will take 3,750 ad-supported streams to measure the same thing. The changes start the week of  June 29th and there are even more changes slated to begin in 2019 that will distinguish between the different paid tiers in subscription services. Fans are already questioning the new system because there are many artists who stream heavily on free platforms like Spotify and YouTube. 

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R.I.P. John “Jabo” Starks

 John “Jabo” Starks who helped provide the backbone of James Brown’s most revered lineup died Tuesday at his home in Mobile, Alabama after suffering from luekemia. The 79-year old drummer was responsible for creating the rhythms some of Brown’s most celebrated work with Clyde “Funky Drummer” Stubblefield including “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” “Funky Drummer” and “The Payback.” Starks worked for Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker and  Bobby “Blue” Bland in the early ’60s before joining Brown’s organization. It is Starks’ drums heard on Lyn Collins’ “Think (About It)” that was sampled on Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two.” He left James Brown in the ’70s and was a member of  B.B. King’s band for a while. A reconnection with Stubblefield led to them releasing music as The Funkmasters and recording the 2007 Superbad soundtrack. They also made instructional videos discussing their legendary sound that has been recycled in hip-hop since its inception. 

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