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This article is hilariously pathetic. Drake really has people mad over his chart dominance lol!

Back in the day, if a single stayed at number one for more than five weeks, let alone ten, it was a big deal. Bryan Adams and Wet Wet Wet's record-smashing number ones in the 1990s made the actual news.

Flashforward to 2016, and we have Drake's 'One Dance'. A song that is very likely to make it to FOURTEEN WEEKS at number one as of tomorrow. And will it make the news? Probably not. It might make an 'and finally' segment if it overtakes Bryan's record, but not much more than that.

Because no-one cares about the chart anymore. The only people who do are sad acts like your reporter, who remember the good old days. Who are upset that a frankly boring and forgettable song is now one of the longest-running number ones of all time, making a mockery of the chart's venerable 64-year history.

It's not Drake's best song. It might not even make his top five best songs. Rihanna's 'Umbrella' hung on at number one for eight weeks in 2008 because it was a bloody brilliant pop song. This is just... meh. So how the hell has this happened? Is there really nothing else out at the moment that can stop him?

Nope. It's not the competition, it's the technology.

Streaming
Basically, it's all streaming's fault. Since online streams on services like Spotify and Deezer were included in summer 2014, they've brought the chart to a standstill. You'll find the same familiar faces in the Top 10 each week. Honestly, pick a random Top 10 from the last two years and we can pretty much guarantee that one of Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Adele, Ed Sheeran or Drake were in there. Or all five. It's not uncommon these days for the Top 5 to stay exactly the same. No movement, no new entries, nothing. Bloody boring.

Many Spotify users simply play Spotify's curated playlists or the 'UK Top 50' playlist of the most popular songs around right now. Over and over. This means it takes yonks for songs to finally go away or to allow others to have a bloody turn. And it depends on Spotify's algorithm.

How are streams calculated anyway? 100 streams equal 1 sale. It seems like a really arbitrary number, and hard to compare to a simple sale of a download.

At least streaming is capped at 10 plays per person per day, so only 70 of your plays could be counted each week, meaning the most you can contribute each week is 0.7 of a sale. But think how many people use Spotify nowadays. It adds up quickly.

'One Dance' isn't on YouTube

For whatever reason, Drake has not put out an official music video, lyric video or audio on YouTube, unlike pretty much every other artist. This means that 'One Dance' is particularly massive on streaming, as there's no proper audio of the song on YouTube at all. So, if you want to listen to it, you have to stream it or buy it.
If this was a deliberate move by Drake or his record company, then it's an admittedly genius way to game the charts. But it'll get to the point where artists just won't bother making a video anymore. Just stick it on Spotify and see the magic happen.

There's not been anything else out

Apparently there's been nothing out in the last three and a half months that could rival Drake. We've had Sia's 'Cheap Thrills', Calvin Harris and Rihanna's (and Taylor Swift's) 'This Is What You Came For', and Justin Timberlake's 'Can't Stop The Feeling' among others.

Usually you'd expect most of them to reach number one, but not any more. Plus, they're on YouTube. There's not been a true 'song of the summer' like 'Get Lucky' or 'Blurred Lines' yet.
Most of the big artists will save their releases for the autumn/winter to capitalise on the Christmas market and X Factor performances. Though at least streaming has made it difficult for that show's winners to reach number one.

What if you took away streaming?
You might not realise it, but the Official Charts Company does actually provide a weekly chart of pure sales without streams - it's just not the "official" official chart that Radio 1 plays each Friday.

In that chart - you know, the chart before streams ruined it - Drake is only number 11 this week. And he hasn't been number one since April. He was number one for four weeks, and the likes of Justin, Calvin and even Kungs vs Cookin' on 3 Burners have been number one in that time. That makes a whole lot more sense. Instead, we all have to pretend that boring old Drake has been number one for 13 boring weeks.

The Best-Sellers of All Time list now includes songs like 'One Dance', which have an unfair advantage. 'Stitches' by Shawn Mendes has sold over a million. Really? Take away streams and it hasn't. They may as well include radio airplay like the Billboard chart in America - why not?

You could say that it's similar to when downloads were included alongside physical sales. But at least a download equals one sale in the exact same way that a physical copy equals one sale. If anyone downloaded a song more than once to manipulate the chart, it was their problem - they spent their money on it. With streaming, it's far too up in the air for chart nerds to accept.

If Drake equals or even overtakes Wet Wet Wet or Bryan Adams, it will be a sad day indeed. Not because we don't want old records to be broken, but because he just hasn't earned it.

http://www.digitalspy.com/music/feature/a801321/drake-and-streaming-have-ruined-the-charts-forever-heres-why/
 

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How is that guy in a position to say drake hasnt earned it?

Does he see the work that drake puts in?

You dont get as far as drake has without working your ass off and making so many sacrifices to get there and stay there.
 

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I knew they'd start whining once he started getting close to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" record. Get ready, Drake fam. I find it hilarious myself.
 

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First Rolling Stone, now Digital Spy. They need to keep the articles coming. I imagine how pressed these publications will be if/when Drake sirpsssest that 18-week-at-number-one UK record.
 

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Also, how do all these publications suddenly hate streaming and Drake like their favorite pop stars aren't flopping hard in the area of the pure sales they love so much?
 

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"If Drake equals or even overtakes Wet Wet Wet or Bryan Adams, it will be a sad day indeed."

lol this ***** must be crying real tears writing this.
 

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Are they lying tho? Streaming has fucked up the natural order of the industry.

Drakes domination is purely all an illusion built on mediocrity, number inflation and culture vulturing.

Y'all know the difference right between rap facts and fiction right?

:jayhuh:
 

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Ting a Ling. said:
Are they lying tho? Streaming has fucked up the natural order of the industry.

Drakes domination is purely all an illusion built on mediocrity, number inflation and culture vulturing.

Y'all know the difference right between rap facts and fiction right?

:jayhuh:
But Drake didn't make the rules
 

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OVO Nizzy said:
But Drake didn't make the rules
Smartest reply. And it doesn't only benefit Drake. Anyone who wants the same results Drake is getting just needs to put him his numbers. Simple. Stop bitching.
 

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og juan said:
Fuck the foolish articles drake 's a legend
OG JUAN, MY ***** 😭😭😭😭😭
Juan comes into any thread bashing Drake, says fuck everything and everyone and steps out 👏👏👏👏👏
 

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So the writer is saying, because he personally doesn't like the song, then the entire charts industry is trash.

The struggle is real.

Before the 90s the charts were rife with number inflation. But  no one wants to hear you say that about their beloved legends.

Like Orthodox said, the playing field is even for everyone. Anyone can benefit from strong streams. It's like saying that because only 4 or 5 artists do big sales numbers then we should scratch sales from the charts.


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EDIT: Actually, are we sure this writer doesn't post on ATRL? These arguments read a lot like a couple of butthurt comments I've seent here. :khaled:
 

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thedastardly said:
So the writer is saying, because he personally doesn't like the song, then the entire charts industry is trash.

The struggle is real.

Before the 90s the charts were rife with number inflation. But  no one wants to hear you say that about their beloved legends.

Like Orthodox said, the playing field is even for everyone. Anyone can benefit from strong streams. It's like saying that because only 4 or 5 artists do big sales numbers then we should scratch sales from the charts.


EDIT: Actually, are we sure this writer doesn't post on ATRL. These arguments read a lot like a couple of butthurt comments I've seent here. :khaled:
LIKE. It's crazy. See the streaming numbers Logic put up this week. It's more than obvious that people are more likely to stream an album than downright pay for it. People are coming for Drake because he's at the forefront of the streaming conversation right now, but you really can't blame him. Blame the industry that made and implemented the rules for artists to follow. The hurt has just started because Drake is far from done.
 
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