With SoundCloud being one of the go-to streaming platforms for consumers. It’s also the go-to platform for burgeoning artists to blow up. Artists like Marian Hill, Russ, and Kaytranada have kickstarted their careers on the platform. Now, the stats on SoundCloud will be used to help artists chart in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
There’s very large catch to this, though. In the small print of a press release from SoundCloud, it says, “[SoundCloud] streams of licensed, monetized tracks in the UK will now count toward the UK’s Official Charts.” The release goes onto state, “the official, trusted, weekly pulse of what’s hot in the UK music scene.”
Late last summer, the streaming platform and semi-social media platform ridded Alex Ljung as the CEO and brought in Kerry Trainor. This move ultimately led to the platform actually making money.
“SoundCloud is the foundational music platform for creators,” states Raoul Chatterjee, SoundCloud’s Director Of Content Partnerships. “We are committed to empowering them with the best tools and services to grow their careers. Charts are a great measure of success for creators, and we’re excited their SoundCloud streams will now count toward the UK and Ireland’s Official Charts.”
In layman’s terms, if your tracks aren’t licensed or monetized, then they won’t be counted by the Official Charts Company. Don’t expect to chart in the United Kingdom and Ireland by simply uploading your next mixtape. It’s not that simple… yet.