I was today years old when I found out that 2-3M Spotify streams a day for songs that are spammed all over public playlists represent the tastes of the 331M US population.
Good to know.
I wish Billboard would give higher weightage to YouTube streams though, especially for their Global 200 charts. YouTube’s the most widely used streaming platform in the world, much bigger than Spotify, and a bigger representation of what’s being consumed outside the West. Alas, they’re more concerned with painting their Western industry-pushed, massively playlisted acts as “organic and globally popular” artists when big music markets in the East don’t even give a crap about most of them.