Seems like Hulu and Spotify had the right idea, when they launched a discounted package last month that combined both of their services. Now, the low-cost streaming service Philo is doing the same – but not with Spotify.
The popularity of streaming has led to obvious changes in how music is being produced—in 2018, a pop song needs to sound excellent piping out of a laptop’s tiny speakers and on headphones—but streaming has also resurrected the idea that the medium through which an album or track is made available is as much an aesthetic choice as anything else.
Billboard has finalized weighting changes to the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and Billboard 200 albums chart. A greater emphasis will be given to paid subscription streams, with ad-supported activity remaining an important factor on the album and songs charts.