Our Charts section has been a bit neglected of late. We’d all got a bit fed up of seeing Coldplay, Radiohead and Adele lead the ‘Top Artists’ chart week after week, especially when we could see our Hype Charts and internal data was telling a far more compelling story. So we decided to do something about it.
This week we have launched the first in a series of improvements to our charts section to make them more relevant, giving you a more dynamic picture of what is popular from week to week.
What’s live now?
The most important set of charts is now our Hype Charts. The Hype Charts are core to what we do at Last.fm – drawing attention to upcoming artists – so it was an easy decision to make these more prominent.
We’re also emphasising how much things change in our weekly charts by making it easy to go back and view them by a weekly pull-down menu.
Each chart now has its own page, and we’ve added buttons to each entry so you can quickly add artists to your library, love them, buy their music or add tags.
Every year at this time, most music sites give you a run down on the best acts of the year. We’re also going to have a Best of 2011 feature, but we have pushed it back to January this year in order to include a full year of data. While everyone else’s lists are pretty similar, we think you’ll be surprised by the story that Last.fm’s data is telling about 2011.
We hope you enjoy these changes and we look forward to hearing your feedback.