The days in which the popularity of music was measured by how many albums were shifted are not just extinct, they are actually fossilized. Nowadays, the popularity of any piece is judged based on a plethora of factors. The number of views on YouTube is one of these, and so is how frequently the song is streamed on sites like Spotify and Last.fm.
MTV has just released a new site in which all these variables are taken into account, and used to create a chart in which the online buzz around musicians is fully reflected. This chart goes by the name of The Music Meter, and it is updated daily. And learning more about the artists who get featured there is really easy, since tweets and bios are accessed at a click. So, getting acquainted with any performer that you discover through the chart is simplified to no end.
And the artists who dominate the hit parades like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber are actually kept from the site. A team of human curators sees to that. So, you won’t have to sit through “Alejandro” ever again completely out of the blue.
I don’t know about you, but that brings the usability quotient of the site way up north for me.