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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Who determines a hit? Last week, the Billboard charts met a new challenger. The Ultimate Chart ranks artists and singles not just by sales and airplay, but also by their status on streaming services and social networks. In a Soundcheck Smackdown, critics debate whether any pop chart can quantify success in the digital age. Later, Norwegian singer songwriter Sondre Lerche plays songs from his latest album, "Heartbeat Radio," live in our studio.

 

Guests:

Eric Garland, Maura Johnston and Bill Wyman

Smackdown: Pop Charts

Last week, the Billboard charts met their first real challenger. The Ultimate Chart is a list that ranks artists and singles not just by sales and airplay, but also by their status on streaming services and social networks. Eric Garland, chief executive of the Ultimate Chart’s parent company BigChampagne, joins us to explain the chart’s genesis. Then: in a Soundcheck Smackdown, critics debate whether any pop chart can quantify success in the digital age. Guests include Maura Johnston, music writer and blogger, and Bill Wyman, editor of the blog Hitsville and former arts editor of NPR and Salon.com.

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Sondre Lerche: Live

Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche began his career with major-label record contract before he was sixteen. A few years ago, he moved to New York and became a regular on the city’s downtown singer-songwriter scene. He’s also contributed to Hollywood soundtracks, including one for the new film “Dinner for Schmucks,” starring Steve Carell. Lerche joins us to play songs from his latest album, “Heartbeat Radio,” live in our studio. 

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