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07/20/2010 08:35 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

There's A New Music Chart Sheriff In Town

BigChampagne Media Measurement has launched the Ultimate Chart (www.ultimatechart.com) - an unprecedented single source for music charts of the week's most popular artists and songs, which will be published in the coming weeks by The Comet (www.TheComet.com) among other media publishers. Chart categories include song and album sales, radio airplay, online audio and video plays, and fan/friends/followers. The Ultimate Chart is the first and only chart that looks at all of the ways in which music is popular, online and off. The first published chart, the Ultimate 100, is available now.

Data partners and sources include Yahoo! Music, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, VEVO, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, MTV, ClearChannel, MediaBase, AOL, Napster, Microsoft Zune, We Are Hunted, LastFM and many more.

Eric Garland, BigChampagne's co-founder and CEO, said, "The explosive popularity of music in the digital age has given us access to a quality of information about the connection between artists and fans previously unimagined. The internet launched a thousand charts. But the marketplace is asking, 'ultimately, what does it all mean?' There has been no satisfying answer, until now. The Ultimate Chart examines music sales and radio airplay and the access to music, and socializing around music, that are growing much faster. We're rewriting the top of the charts for the new music business and enlisting the help of its chief architects to surface the most popular music that the charts have overlooked.:

Tamara Conniff, founder of The Comet said, "This chart is long overdue and represents for the first time an accurate view of where popular music is today. Music is not just about sales, it's about interaction--listening, watching, playlisting, evangelizing and socializing."

The Comet will be publishing the Ultimate Chart and using BigChampagne's data for analysis, prediction, and consumer trends.

BigChampagne is also developing the Ultimate Chart for indie artists to give the DYI world its due and has source partnered with such companies as Tunecore, CD Baby, Disc Makers, MySpace Music, Reverb Nation, Topspin, and Nimbit.