Billboard Finally Adds Streaming To All Genre Charts
In an overdue move, Billboard is finally using consumption methodology – sales + streams – to compute its many genre charts. The trade's iconic Top 200 has used the combined methodology for some time.
Revamped Billboard genre charts will now follow the Billboard 200 formula: 10 digital track sales from an album + 1 equivalent album sale, and 1,500 on-demand song streams from an album = an equivalent album sale. All sales and streaming data is compiled by Nielsen Music.
The first new charts will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 31 for charts dated Feb. 11, and will reflect album sales, track sales and audio on-demand streaming data, tracked by Nielsen Music, for the week ending Thursday, Jan. 26.
Charts making the move to a consumption methodology include:
Top Country Albums
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Top Rock Albums:
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
Top Catalog Albums
Billboard will also continue to publish pure album sales charts for these genres.