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:
Top Rock Albums, plus:
-Hard Rock Albums
Top Latin Albums, plus:
-Latin Pop Albums
-Regional Mexican Albums
-Latin Rhythm Albums
Top Dance/Electronic Albums
Top Gospel Albums
Top Christian Albums, plus:
Top Catalog Albums