European Border Breakers Chart 4 January 2019

In less than two weeks, during the next edition of the ESNS conference and festival, the new Music Moves Europe Talent Chart will be launched. This chart will act as an important selection tool for the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards (MMETA). Starting today, the rules that go with that chart, will be applied to the European Border Breakers Chart, to make a smooth transition possible.

Without giving away too many details at this moment (stay tuned, folks 😉), I can tell you this: at the request of the awards committee, former winners of a European Border Breakers Award, this year’s MMETA winners and participants of the Eurovision Song Contest are no longer eligible for the new chart. As a consequence, artists like Alice Merton, The Blaze and Blanche no longer appear.
Also, the rule that tracks will automatically fall off the Top 100 after a chart run of 52 weeks, has been abandoned, allowing several tracks back in the list.

Partly because of these changes, this week’s EBBChart counts a staggering 38(!) (re)entries, 6 of which are total newcomers. Among them, for the first time, we find an emerging European act from Malta (The Travellers). This week’s Streaming Chart welcomes its first ever Croatian act (Lost Sky). Congrats!

These are all of the first-timers in the main (airplay and streaming based) Top 100:
#27: Sam Fender – Play God
#61: The Travellers – Ħafi Paċi Kuluri
#62: Umi – Friendzone
#68: Okay Kaya – Dance Like U
#80: Biig Piig – Flirt
#81: Tamino – So It Goes

For the full Top 100, click the ‘EBBChart’ tab in the top menu of this blog (loading of the PDF may take a little while). More charts, like the Tips (ranking the tracks that are on their way to the Top 100), the Airplay Chart and the Streaming Chart, are available at www.europeanborderbreakerschart.eu, where you can also listen to all of the tracks and watch their videos, as well as share them via social media.

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