Why do you guys have charts anyway?
Even though The Deli Magazine is mostly a music blog, we have musical charts for two basic reasons:
1. We are the only website that covers music scenes through dedicated web pages (for example, nyc.thedelimagazine.com is all about NYC based artists). This makes us a "community focused" site, and a community is made of many individuals, i.e. musicians. Our charts allow us to include potentially all the musicians and bands based in the cities we cover, and create a self updating database of artists that's a little more engaging than an alphabetical list. We add the bigger acts to the charts and allow any up and coming artist to join them for free (here).
2. Charts are fun!!!
How do I enter my band in The Deli's Charts?
Just go here. If you also want to submit your CD for review while you are entering our charts, go here. We can't review all the CDs but we'll definitely check it out. If you want to get us familiar with your band you can use or regional Open Blog (look for links in your local Deli homepage).
How do The Deli charts work?
Unlike other charts, The Deli's charts are open to all bands (not only our subscribers) and are based on a system that gathers popularity and "web buzz" data from a selection of other sites, not just our own. This makes our charts as objective as web charts can get. Also, as far as we know, there isn't a way to cheat them or drastically influence them.
As you can see, there are currently 2 different charts that can be picked from a small scroll down menu: the "Popularity" chart is based on the current popularity of each artists. By current popularity we mean that if we can say that Radiohead are generally speaking more popular than Grizzly Bear, the latter could be more popular than the first - for example - just after they release an album or licensing a song for - say - an iPod commercial. The Web Buzz charts are also based on the popularity charts but give an extra push to the artists that are blogged about in the main music blogs.
How can bands in the charts benefit from being included?
Bands can benefit from being in The Deli's Charts in many ways.
Something we take pride in is our genre categorization. For example, Myspace is very generic with Indie Rock, while we have the subcategories Indie Pop, Avant-Indie, Noise Rock, Post Punk etc). Same thing for Folk (Alt Folk, Folk Rock, Rootsy Pop, Singer Songwriters, Blues/Country etc) and Metal (we have a pretty friggin' thorough metal categorization actually). AND our charts can be organized by region as well. This allows other bands, booking agents and fans to easily research new artists who play the kind of music they are looking for.
Also, you may have noticed that the top 20 artist from the main genres are featured on our local homepages, which is always good exposure for the bands in those lists.
How can you claim that your charts are reliable?
There is no way to explain why our charts are reliable, you'll have to be the judge. Web charts are never 100% objective, but we feel confident that ours get as close as you can get to that threshold. Remember that we try to omit all purely commercial music and rather focus on indie artists. What we can say for sure is that The Deli's charts are DEFINITELY more reliable than radio charts or record sales charts (it was a quite common practice for a record label to buy a certain amount of records of one of their artists to guarantee his appearance in the top 50).
The Deli's Staff