Top Band Chart Ch-Ch-Changes

February 13th, 2012

I know that a lot of you have been clamoring for some changes to the Top Bands Chart for some time now, and I’m happy to say we have now obliged. The new Top Bands chart reflects those bands with the greatest album sales over a rolling 1-year period (365 days.)

You’ll notice that we’ve changed the focus of the chart from “fans” to “album sales.” We did this for a couple of reasons. First of all, we wanted the chart to better reflect those bands that are at the top of their game. With “fans” as the metric, you saw little movement, and the chart didn’t really reflect how active a band was within the game. Plus, we felt sales was a better metric given where we hope to move our lucre economy, etc. We also supplied the number of releases those sales were based on. Why? Because we felt it provided some context to that band’s sales figures. Some bands release a lot of albums that don’t sell that much, others release fewer albums but sell a lot. By providing the number of releases we allow you to see more clearly how that band achieved their chart position. ¬†After all, there is more than one way to rise up the charts on Figment, and we didn’t want to diminish either release strategy.

Let us know what you think of the new chart!

6 Responses to “Top Band Chart Ch-Ch-Changes”

  1. poppinfresh Says:

    I think it’s a great change. The old chart had some retired (?) bands possibly permanently lodged at the top, and this chart is likely to see a lot more movement than the old one.

    BTW, I am shocked, honored and humbled that one of my bands is at the top of this chart — for now. No doubt some other well-deserving band will soon be replacing them.

  2. frizbee Says:

    I will say it’s nice to finally not see GothZilla glaring at me from the top of the list. I agree that basing the Top Bands on sales rather than fans will certainly show more variation in the list, plus it’s more like an actual music chart. After all, Billboard doesn’t take a band’s amount of fans into account. It was a bit disheartening to see that Eccentric Arcade was no longer on the Top Bands list after a long hard battle to get on there, but I think the new system will work out better in the long run.

  3. formerwageslave Says:

    Badass!

  4. Furious Grace Says:

    Fantastic change!

  5. TMTYTF Says:

    I agree with frizbee, in the long run this chart will work out better than the last one. The only thing that’s a little disappointing is that, based on fan base, Gravestompers had finally secured that #10 spot in addition to Stonekrank being #4. All in all though, it was a necessary change well worth waiting for.

  6. theHoseman Says:

    I dig the new Top Bands chart also. I never had a problem with the old one. Kind of saw it as a challenge to try and catch up with some of those bands, but I agree that the new system will give a more current and active assessment.

    Also love the inclusion of number of releases. Great way to better gauge sales.

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