Powerful analytics

to interpret, analyse, compare and contrast at the touch of a button

Innovative yet intuitive design

for scholars, students and researchers

Links to leading music journals

pre-enabled links at the Artist level direct from the user's result

Academic Charts Online: Music (ACO) is a new and unparalleled database which measures the impact of music across countries and cultures. It enables evidence based research across all genres from pop to classical, jazz and world music.

ACO is based on a growing repository of statistical chart data from the US, UK, Europe, South America and Asia  which is current and updated weekly with historical data back to inception of each chart type. The analytical tools enable evidence based research for coursework, dissertations and theses.

The data is provided under exclusive academic license from Billboard, the Official Charts Company and many more. Additional countries are added quarterly.

Customers include music librarians as well as data recovery companies, cultural studies, media studies, social science and modern history librarians where the impact of music on society is of key interest to researchers.

THE DEFINITIVE AND EXCLUSIVE RESOURCE FOR ACADEMICS engaged in research relating to music, media studies, business studies, cultural studies, social sciences.

- Official sources of data under exclusive license

- Current data updated weekly, additional countries added quarterly

- Single point of reference, all in one place

- Analytical tools introduce fascinating research questions which could not be answered before

Whitepapers: Research Questions Answered

“Academic Charts Online introduces fascinating research questions which could not be answered before.”

“Time saving - it would require pulling out the books and spending a day to derive insights which take a minute in ACO.”

Research questions at University of Western Ontario (reviewed in this whitepaper)

1. American TV in the 1960s and music of the times. Give me 1965, not a particular week but a trend.

2. Show me the context of 1964 when the Rolling Stones made their first US tour.

3. Punk Rock: the accepted mythology is that in 1975-6 punk was taking over. Is this correct? Show me what was really going on and whether punk had a commercial impact in the charts.

4. How did the US compare to the UK at that time, and is Canada different?


Research questions at Berklee School of Music (reviewed in this whitepaper)

1. Show the point where Nirvana overtook Michael Jackson in January 1992 and compare to other artists at the time (Metallica, U2, Natalie Cole)

2. Look at weeks in chart over the decades. How do these change (influenced by Storm Gloor's MEIEA Journal article)

3. Mumford and Sons: what is the extent of the impact on sales of their wins in the 55th Grammy's which propelled them to a level of attention they had not experienced before.


Positioning student performers in the music industry using ACO (reviewed in this whitepaper)

How ACO helps students position themselves when preparing to leave a conservatory to easily engage with with managers, labels and others in the music industry to build a career.


Research questions at Channel 4 TV (reviewed in this whitepaper)

1. What was popular in July 1986, both singles and albums

2. How do I find recordings which have the same emotional impact as The Stone Roses, but can more easily be cleared for Internet, film and foreign distribution channels?

3. Find Hendrix tracks which charted at the time in the late 1990s, for use in 'My mad fat diary' the TV series.

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