Miss Tara's "Runaway" Mysteriously Climbed The Beatport Charts, Then Disappeared From The Rankings
Yesterday we reported that there was something fishy going on with the Beatport Electro House Chart, as Miss Tara's new single "Runaway" had sky rocketed to the number two position in just five short days. And then in a flash it was gone- still available for sale, but not longer ranked.
Many believed that the track climbed the charts so quickly with the help of some sort of "download farm"- a service that will go in and purchase/download an artist's song multiple times. These farms mask their IP addresses and locations, making it appear like the song is legitimately gaining popularity, and in turn, sales. This is not an approved practice for Beatport, and they have security measures in place designed to catch such malicious activity.
In light of of the yesterday's controversy, they posted the following on their blog today:
We’re flattered that a Beatport chart position can have such a profound impact on a DJ’s career. It’s what drives us to do everything in our power to ensure that the DJs gaining that recognition deserve it. To do so requires constant vigilance, innovation, and communication. Over the past few years, we’ve noticed an increase in services offering to boost a track’s Beatport chart position for a price.
In response, we monitor our charts daily, looking for anomalies. We’ve built and continue to improve upon technology to prevent chart-boosting efforts. We’re not saying we’ve succeeded or will succeed every time, but we’re getting better at it every day.
When we spot a boosted record or track, we remove it from the store, and we’ll continue to do so. Our next step is to permanently ban the offending artists and labels. And we’re not bluffing.
As much as this type of thing saddens us, it makes us angry even more. To anyone tempted to use one of these so-called chart-boosting services, we urge you to first consider the cost. Not the monetary cost of what these scams charge, but rather the cost to your career, to your reputation, and the cost to your soul.
The single in question, Miss Tara's "Runaway" is still available for purchase on Beatport, despite their statement that they remove any boosted track.
You can read Beatport's entire response here.