Billboard To Add Streaming To Genre Charts


NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Billboard announced that they are finally modernizing their music genre charts to reflect the new paradigm of streaming, bringing them in line with the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

The updated genre charts will following the formula Billboard used in updating the Billboard 200 chart, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale. As well, 1,500 on-demand song streams from an album will equate to one equivalent album sale (SEA). The figures used to compile the charts will continue to be based on data compiled by Nielsen Music, Billboard said.

“We’ve been thrilled with the reception to the Billboard 200 album consumption methodology and how it reflects album popularity in today’s world, where music is accessible on so many platforms,” says Silvio Pietroluongo, VP of charts and data development at Billboard. “The conversion of genre album charts to consumption reinforces how this approach has become the accepted measure of album success.”

The updated charts will debut on January 31st and will reflect data for the week ending Thursday, Jan. 26.

Billboard says they will also continue to compile pure album sales charts based on sales data compiled by Nielsen.

Charts on the list to be updated include:

Top Country Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, plus:
-R&B Albums
-Rap Albums

Top Rock Albums, plus:
-Alternative Albums
-Hard Rock Albums
-Americana/Folk Albums

Top Latin Albums, plus:
-Latin Pop Albums
-Regional Mexican Albums
-Tropical Albums
-Latin Rhythm Albums

Top Dance/Electronic Albums

Top Gospel Albums

Top Christian Albums, plus:
-Christian/Gospel Albums

Soundtracks

Top Catalog Albums

Holiday Albums