Twitter and Music are on their way to becoming a one-stop shop. It was announced today that Twitter and Billboard are partnering up to create the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts, a list that will continually update the music that is being talked and shared about on Twitter.
For music lovers, Twitter allows you to become your own little music journalist. You can follow your favorite band or artist and feel like you are getting a personal exclusive, from their latest tour information and new song releases to sharing their news with fellow music addicts. Often times musicians will offer discussions that allow users to interact in an interview-like capacity.
The Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts are expected to be introduced in May and will be published on Billboard.com and through the publications twitter feed. For Twitter, this is a chance to reintroduce its value to the music business after its failed experiment with the #Musicapp, a music service that allowed users to discover and listen to music that was trending on the social network. #Musicapp will officially shutdown on April 18, 2014.
Twitter is a great source for discussions about music but when it comes to listening to music it's not quite there yet. The company has been eagerly searching for outside partners to help them take it to the next level and last month they announced a deal with music company 300, started by music power broker, Lyor Cohen.
For Billboard, the partnership with Twitter is an opportunity to expand further as a consumer-friendly publication. There is no doubt that Billboard is a resource in providing groundbreaking music news and the combined strength of Twitter can only leverage them to deliver the latest and most reliable music in real time.