Saturday, October 16, 2021

YouTube launches music charts in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE

YouTube launched its music charts in May 2018 in 44 countries initially, and has been expanding them geographically ever since.

This month, that includes taking them to three countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region: Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

YouTube’s rankings tracking songs and artists will go live in these countries on 29 September, after what the company says is strong music growth in MENA. It has figures on that: there were 18 music channels in the region with more than one million subscribers in August 2017, but now there are 170.

Four charts will be available, updated every Sunday: top 100 songs; top 100 artists;  top 100 music videos; and top 20 trending.

Stuart Dredge

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