— Chart guru Chris Molanphy breaks down the history of “Kid Season”—aka the annual post-holiday time period when tweens and teens have absolute dominion over the Billboard charts—on The Pitch. (via pitchfork)
"Almost everyone who’s even heard Nirvana knows their most famous chart stat: Nevermind knocked Michael Jackson’s heavily hyped Dangerous out of the No. 1 spot in 1992. What’s less known about this era-defining moment is the importance of timing—and Christmas. The data for that particular chart was gathered from December 23–29, 1991. Basically, Jackson’s album had been the top choice of gift-givers right up until the week before Christmas, but when the holiday was over, teenagers armed with Sam Goody gift cards (or copies of Dangerous to exchange) marched to stores to buy Nevermind."