Online charts plot music tastes around the world
Written March 11, 1996
Published by Websight Magazine in June, 1996
In Cameron Crowe’s movie Singles, Matt Dillon played a struggling Seattle rocker trying to impress an interviewer, claiming, that while his band was, er, not all that popular at home, they were very popular in Europe: “We just had a record break in Belgium!” he exclaims. And why not? That kind of statement has always been popular with certain types of struggling local bands, not the least for the simple fact that it was always nearly impossible to disprove. After all, it’s not like the Belgium (or German or Estonian or Swedish) pop charts were readily handy. Until now. The next time someone tells you how popular their band is in some obscure portion of the globe, you can pop over to the nearest computer and verify it by dialing up the Charts all over the World Page.