Billboard's Editor Addresses Chart Issues

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Billboard's Editor Addresses Chart Issues

Musicians who bend the rules by offering their albums for a dramatically cheaper price on sites like Amazon with hopes of bolstering album sales and rankings on Billboard’s charts, will continue to play the system—for now.

In an Editors Note entitled “Why Billboard Isn’t Revising Chart Policies for Lady Gaga’s Amazon Deal,” released earlier today, Bill Werde, Billboard’s editorial director, says that the music industry staple will not tweak their charting system in the wake of the recent surge in heavily discounted internet sales, saying that the group is a “market archivist and not a market activist.”

The controversial trend is not limited to mainstream acts like Lady Gaga who, earlier this week, offered her new album on Amazon for 99 cents, but also includes independent acts like Arcade Fire and Best Coast, who both offered their most recent LPs for $3.99.

Check out an excerpt from the release below.