ChartMasters Spotify and Discogs tools

Welcome to the Chartmasters tools page!

Please reach our various tools related to Spotify data (+ Discogs for the last one) through below links:

The streaming numbers tool uses up to date information from the Spotify database.

The remaining lists are updated daily also with fresh numbers.

Below are additional details about these various pages.

Spotify streaming numbers tools

Spotify streaming numbers tool

Most of you already know this page. It has been growing for months, becoming the place to be if you wanna check Spotify streaming results of an artist.

In April 2020 and then again in November, we replaced the former tool with lifted versions which brought 6 great enhancements.

Heavy performance improvement

We can’t control the time needed by APIs to retrieve streams or a disc information from Spotify. What we can do though is minimize the required number of calls to these APIs.

In April 2020, we’ve added a local database to the design of the tool. Basically, it gives the tool a memory, which opens the door to tricks improving performances.

Although on the front end you can see an expected number of releases for each artist, the Spotify database has an awful lot of versions of every record.

Imagines Dragons for example are up to 4 studio albums. The app shows 5 versions, as their debut Night Visions has both the standard and the deluxe version available.

On their database though, these albums add for 37 versions. When we set up an automatic process, all these are retrieved, and then streams for all of them are scanned.

No need to say that since these releases have mostly the exact same tracklists, most of them bring zero information about streams, as different versions of the same song add to the same tally.

Our script now learns from your search. When someone looks for an artist nobody looked for, everything is scanned, to make sure we don’t miss streams.

Then, the script memorizes which records brought relevant data, and which ones barely repeated the same information.

Versions adding no data are thus excluded from later searches, even from new users.

Our exclusion list is up to nearly 600,000 entries.

These versions which can be safely ignored reduce the execution time by a factor 2 to 5 depending on how many repeated releases an artist has.

In November 2020, another major improvement was developed. The architecture was newly designed to limit interactions.

To make it simple, while previously ChartMasters was doing request to an API, now the API also queries ChartMasters.

This prevents ins and outs as the playcount API reads the exclusions directly.

The original tool needed roughly 25 minutes to go through Justin Bieber‘s discography when we included the ‘Appears on’ releases. Now, it scans all the results in 25 seconds.

Addition of the “Orphan” songs

These performance limitations prompted us to exclude the possibility of searching for orphan songs.

These are all the songs listed only under the “Appears on” section, mostly features but also primary songs that belong to Soundtracks or similar products.

So far, we only used this extended search internally when compiling CSPC studies.

Often, popular artists from our era have a handful of albums, 20-ish singles and no compilation, but they appear on hundreds of compilations.

Our engine can now scan them efficiently enough to go through the largest discographies in an acceptable time, under a minute for most artists.

Consequently, we decided to switch on this functionality that has been requested countless of times!

Fix of in-page releases from other artists

A well known issue of our former tool was that it listed all songs from an artist page.

For most artists, it’s perfectly fine.

Then there are artists like Michael Jackson, Sting and Diana Ross who’s artist page includes compilations that feature hits from their former groups.

Worst are situations of artists who for an unknown reason got a Soundtrack on their artist page.

It’s not so surprising for Lady Gaga with the A Star Is Born OST since she strongly contributes to it.

Still, there are 5 songs which feature only Bradley Cooper, hits like Maybe It’s Time and Black Eyes that add for well over 200 million streams.

More extreme was the case of the soundtracks for 13 Reasons Why. The season 2 appears on pages of Selena Gomez, OneRepublic and YUNGBLUD.

They all contribute to 1 to 2 songs only, while the album contains a streaming hit as massive as Billie Eilish‘s lovely that will soon break over the 1 billion mark.

The lifted version of our tool now controls the id of all artists featured on songs from the artist page, ultimately removing from an artist results all songs which aren’t his songs.

Better regrouping of songs into albums

When we select the discography view on our tool, it’s always annoying to get many folders for one album only, because of the numerous versions.

It’s impossible to automatically regroup together all songs and versions which are related to an era. They have different IDs, often slightly different titles, different release dates.

Still, the tool now includes a bit of regular expression work that manages to group together some songs that were previously split over several versions of the same album.

If we use back our Imagine Dragons example, we can now see a clean 22-songs tracklist for their debut album.

Since the data is manipulated and compared in multiple ways through the code, it wasn’t possible to stick to the original ordering of the songs.

In fact, as the album folder actually regroups songs from multiple versions, and as we may exclude the very first release for performance improvement since it rarely includes all songs, it breaks the tracklist ranking.

Still, we decided to rate the performance improvement and data quality, with albums totals now more comprehensive, over the order of the data representation.

Addition of the number of followers

At the top of the results, we now display how many followers the artist has. This information, just like the streaming numbers, is fresh, updated daily.

Followers are fans who decided to be informed of new releases from an artist.

While there is no direct link between streaming numbers and followers, having a lot of fans obviously helps in getting large numbers, especially upon release.

By experience, we can say that growing artists see their followers count increase dramatically.

In the other end, one-hit wonders are unable to gain traction in terms of fans. This statistic thus appears key to gauche which artists are here to stay.

Addition of the Popularity index

We already explained to you that the Popularity Index is way more relevant than the Monthly Listeners figure.

To follow how strong your favorite artist is going, this index, also updated daily, is now displayed at the top of streaming results too.

As it takes a lot of daily streams to smash, this indicator fluctuates slowly. In the long run, it’s absolutely fundamental still.

Artists can decrease in spite of consistent streams, this is when an artist performs so well that he raises the 100 points scale.

The most streamed artists of all-time

Spotify Most Streamed Artists Ever

This ranking presents the most streamed artists on Spotify based on tracks available inside sections Albums, Singles and Compilations of his personal page.

While the highest part of the list is comprehensive, as we go down artists may be missing.

If you notice an omission, just use our streaming search tool to look for the related artist and if he scored enough streams he will automatically and instantly appear here.

Numbers are continuously updated as you search for them. As soon as new daily data is in for an artist, this will be reflected in this overall ranking.

As the Spotify database is tricky, we can’t guarantee you there won’t be occasional data glitches, even if we developed several controls to grant data consistency. If an issue appears in spite of these controls, manual fixes will be performed.

The Spotify top performers

Spotify Most Popular Artists

The meaning

We know that the popularity index is both poorly known and not so user friendly as it’s an index rather than raw data.

Convinced of its importance though, we developed this page which retrieves the top 15 best performers of the platform, but also how many daily streams they recorded.

This last statistic, unique online, adds to the popularity index the concrete meaning it lacks.

In general, an artist will need 10 million daily streams to hit a score of 90, about twice as many streams as the global #1 hit usually gets.

You have read this correctly. An artist noted 90 gains a lot more streams than the current #1 smash. This just goes on to show how much a healthy catalog matters.

The process

The daily streaming total includes streams on which an artist is featured.

The page also displays the 1-week evolution of the index. While it takes a lot to gain points there, we can currently notice that booming Travis Scott gained 3 units over the last week only.

We may miss the daily streams total for new entries in this list. No worries, this will last only 24 hours.

In fact, we store the data of the top 15, so it requires one more day of activity so that we can compare the last two daily totals.

The Spotify most followed artists

Most Followed Artists On Spotify

To know the most followed artists on Spotify, we invite you to check this page.

The meaning

As previously mentioned, having the most fans definitely helps. If tens of millions of users are notified of your new album when they open Spotify, it’s a well deserved and free promotion.

It doesn’t guarantee your releases will always be hits. If you got 20, 30, 50 million subscribers though, it’s safe to say you’ll remain relevant for many years.

So, weither it comes from new songs or past hits, these most followed artists are the ones that are building the most robust discographies, ultimately climbing up the ladder in our CSPC rankings.

The process

Our most followed artists listing goes down to the #200 position. It’s updated daily, just like the statistic is on Spotify.

As I’m writing these lines, 24 artists are over 20 million fans, 78 are over 10 million and it takes over 5 million to be inside the top 200.

To build this list, we automatically retrieve the information for more than 600 major artists.

We will be adding newly increasing stars to make sure we remain comprehensive.

The highest gainers in followers

Spotify Highest Gaining Artists

Check out this new piece of data just here.

The meaning

Raw streaming numbers tell you who amassed the most streams in the past. The popularity index tells you who’s gaining the most streams right now. Followers counts reveal who have the most traction to keep increasing at fast pace.

What’s the next big thing though? And who’s going to slow down?

To answer this question, the most relevant indicator is how many fans are artists gaining.

It’s the circle of life. When you are a teenager, you get crazy about some artists and start following them.

These new fans will stream their fave an awful lot for several years. As he gets older, he will likely move on entirely from stanning, but he will forever keep a lovely nostalgia vibe about his former fave, and play back a few songs from time to time.

Thus, a new fan today, is someone who will grant you heavy streams for several years and consistency for even longer.

The process

Our page currently lists the 100 fastest raising artists.

It’s no surprise to see that the highest raising star lately has been Billie Eilish.

Already 12th among most followed artists at nearly 25 million, she is gaining 50,000 subscribers per day.

Our page lists 3 statistics: total followers, daily gains and weekly gains.

The total followers data is important to draw the context. It’s not the same to gain 50,000 followers on top of 1 million or on top of 50 million.

Daily gains, on which the list is sorted, reflect the artists who are exploding right now. If an artist makes the headlines one day, you’ll see the impact instantly.

Weekly gains give a better representation of who’s organically climbing.

From time to time, although it’s rare, Spotify purge data from deleted accounts and the likes.

It happened on May 1st, 2020, which concluded on half a million drops for both Ed Sheeran and Drake, to point out the main examples.

Billie Eilish has a weekly increase of 88,139. Her fans are recent and her current gains pace strong enough to overcome this huge purge in a few days only.

The largest raiser in this week has been Arijit Singh followed by Neha Kakkar, two Indian superstars.

Spotify roll out in this country is only 1 year old, so they lost few fans from the purge.

Also, they are very hot at the moment with increases of 30,000 and 20,000 per day, respectively.

This goes on to show how meaningful the statistic is as Indian artists are poised to be among the big gainers of the switch to streaming.

As there are literally millions of artists, it’s impossible to be comprehensive as comparing the 1-day and 1-week evolution requires to store historical data.

Here too we went through collecting data for a lot of artists, including all the ones tracked by CSPC articles, all artists with more than 2 billion cumulative streams, the top local performers from every relevant market as well as the current smashers of virals lists.

It takes a lot to gain over 6,000 fans in a day (the current cut for our top 100), so the list will be mostly complete. If you notice an omission, please comment it to us so that we add the artist to our tracking system.

The artist spotlight: tracking history

Spotify artist spotlight tracking history

Once you hae stored all the information to build these lists, why not sharing everything collected about a specific artist?

This is the purpose of this page. You can retrieve historical total streams, followers counts and popularity rating of your favorite artist.

Assembling this data also enables us to add the daily increases in streams as well as in followers.

If nobody searched for a specific artist in a day, playcounts won’t be available, consequently we aren’t displaying daily growth either. It’s up to you to make sure your favorite artist’s daily data is added every day by looking at it!

As the data reflects songs available on an artist page, if a track gets disabled or added to it, strong daily changes may happen and won’t reflect the daily activity.

The most streamed songs of all-time

ChartMasters-Tool-Spotify-most-streamed-songs

This page provides you the list of the most streamed songs of all-time on Spotify, with their up to date statistics.

More popular is a song, higher are chances that it gets exploited a lot through several remixes, including hyped ones.

It means rankings which focus in one track only, as it is done in this Wikipedia page, make little sense.

That’s why we created this page which aggregates all versions with distinct playcounts of the same song.

It draws a picture fairly different and way more accurate than lists we are used to see.

Most streamed albums from 2020

Spotify Top 2020 Albums

The meaning

It’s difficult to complete our CSPC rankings as studying deeply discographies of major artists takes a lot of time.

It’s even more complicated to get updated lists for new releases since the data evolves so fast.

Since streaming took a monster share of the music industry, the most streamed albums are mechanically among the most successful albums of the year.

While we can’t keep our CSPC articles updated constantly, we can set up some scripts to scan the new releases and see how they perform in streaming.

The process

This page lists all 2020 albums that moved past 500 million streams to date. Here too if you notice a record missing, please let us know.

Since these albums are very recent, we haven’t go on regrouping multiple versions. Most of them have no deluxe release at all.

We cherry-picked the album version with the highest streaming total, and keep track of its updated streams.

Here too we use our local database to store the information. This will enable us to add evolution details, but it also means the page loads almost instantly.

On top of the best performing albums, we also added complete track by track breakdowns for all these releases.

Discogs’ ownership statistics by artist

The meaning

Discogs is a kind of physical records’ Wikipedia. Users can create entries reflecting every records they own.

The prowess of its database is that they detail every version of an album or a single. Some classic albums have over 500 releases listed.

The country or region of a release is available, and for each, the number of users who own them is listed as well.

These statistics are fundamental when estimating sales in markets where data is sparse.

We mentioned a pair of years ago that thanks to these numbers, wild guessing was over when estimating an artist sales figures.

The process

The relevance of these numbers led us to develop an app that queries Discogs’ API to mass-read these owners statistics for a specific artist.

This is another tool that we have been using internally for quite some time when working on CSPC articles, that we are now rolling out to the public.

Since our target is to estimate sales of an artist, we exclude versions which weren’t sold by the label to the consumer.

These are unofficial releases, promo records, test pressings, transcription discs, jukebox versions, etc.

The tool retrieves every distinct version from an artist’s releases, with the related master id, the format, the number of owners but also the number of people who want the record.

Records with high demand on Discogs are records highly collected, so the highest is the demand, the lowest is the conversion to apply to convert Discogs owners in real life buyers.

Since Discogs strictly limit queries to their API, this tool is only available for our Platinum members.