Billboard, Spotify announce streaming music partnership

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Checking out new bands just got a whole lot easier.

Checking out new bands just got a whole lot easier if you’re a Billboard reader.

The magazine announced a new partnership with Spotify Thursday that will allow users to stream “more than 75 … music charts” in addition to curated playlists from the magazine’s staff, like a branded New Music Friday. In other words: Instead of just reading that week’s rankings, you can deep dive into the charts and check out each artist as you’re reading.


According to the companies’ announcement: “Each week, Billboard will publish three new charts powered exclusively by Spotify. … Viral 50, which ranks songs with the greatest volume of social and sharing activity; the 30-position Velocity Chart, which highlights songs whose popularity is experiencing rapid growth relative to the previous week; and Spotify Rewind, comprised of five songs from each decade of the 1960s through the 2000s ranked by popularity and relative weekly revival.” 

The partnership is set to last for all of 2016. 

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