How streaming killed the Christmas charts

THE BATTLE to be top of the charts on Christmas Day has been won in recent years by the likes of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. But lately these singers have faced competition from an unexpected source: the 20th century. Despite the best efforts of today’s young stars, the December charts have become dominated by musicians who are well into middle age, or dead.

Listen to this story

Your browser does not support the <audio> element.

On Christmas Day five years ago, every single in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, a chart of America’s most popular songs, was a new release. In 2017

→ Continue reading at The Economist

Similar Articles


Most Popular

Apple's MacBook Air M1 falls back to $850

Now is a good moment to buy the MacBook Air M1 as a grad gift — or as a travel companion for yourself. Amazon...

Emerald Downs welcomes fans to opening day without COVID-19 restrictions

After two years, the state's largest horse racetrack, Emerald Downs, welcomed fans back on Sunday afternoon with no COVID-19 restrictions. AUBURN, Wash. —...

AIAIAI Studio Wireless+: Finally, low-latency headphones for music producers

Wireless is increasingly the norm when it comes to headphones. Even some laptop makers are ditching the headphone jack. (Looking at you, Dell –...