It’s always an exciting time when your favorite artist releases new music, and though streams don’t matter as much as your love for music–fans still try their best to get their faves on charts. But it isn’t as simple as you think, there can be some certain restrictions and implications needed to properly get a song/album to chart–and we’re here to break it down for you to help make the most of your streaming parties.
- Stream The Song(s) From A Playlist
Try streaming the songs/albums using a playlist–make a playlist and add the songs multiple times, and make sure you add a few other songs from the same/different artist. Use playlists that the streaming services have made such as the ‘A-List Pop’ on Apple Music or ‘Today’s Top Hits’ on Spotify to stream the songs as well.
- Don’t Put The Volume On Mute
While streaming, do not put the song(s) on mute, otherwise, they won’t count towards streaming. If it does bother you–try using headphones or putting the volume on low.
- Use Multiple Devices To Stream
To increase streams, try streaming from as many accounts and devices as possible.
- Use VPNs To Stream
Big charts such as the Billboard 200 are based on streams from specific regions. If you’re international and want to increase streams for a specific chart – try using a VPN for that country. Make another Spotify/Apple Music account while using your VPN based on the charting location–that way the streams will count towards that region and their charts.
- Listen to a track for a minimum of 30 seconds
Make sure you listen to a song for at LEAST 30 seconds–Spotify counts streams towards a song when the song is played for a minimum of 30 seconds. (Songs put on repeat can be counted towards the number streams as long as you follow the 30-second rule.)
- Don’t Gift A Song For It To Count Towards Charting
iTunes has an option where you can gift songs or albums to friends or family members, and though this may seem like a great way to promote the song/album–gifted songs do not count towards the charts – so try not to use that as your way of streaming.
- Buy The Song/Album
If you can, try and buy the album or song on iTunes. Sales count higher towards the charts and purchasing an album/song can increase the likeliness of appearing on a chart.
And of course, don’t forget to enjoy the music. Sometimes we can get caught up in numbers instead of the real purpose of the music. Happy streaming!
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