Ever eager to adapt to changes in the industry, Billboard have unveiled they are too- beginning this week- revamp many of their existing charts by altering the way the songs on these charts are tallied.
Find out how and why these charts- including that of R&B’s- have been changed below…
In what will come as phenomenal news for more influential acts like Rihanna and Beyonce, the R&B/Hip Hop songs chart will now see streaming data added to digital download sales, to determine exactly which songs chart where week by week.
“Each receive a major consumer-influenced face-lift, as digital download sales (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan) and streaming data (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) will now be factored into the 50-position rankings, along with existing radio airplay data monitored by Nielsen BDS.
The makeovers will enable these charts to match the methodology applied to Billboard’s signature all-genre songs ranking, the Billboard Hot 100.”
So what does this mean for your favorite performer?
Well, in what comes as great news for Pop acts who are billed as R&B stars, they now have an even greater advantage over entertainers without the benefit of heavy radio rotation and the support of the ‘casual listener’.
Billboard also reveals:
“In addition, Billboard is launching a new chart, R&B Songs, which will incorporate the same airplay/sales/streaming hybrid formula to rank the week’s top R&B-only (non-rap) titles.
R&B Songs and Rap Songs will serve as 25-position distillations of the overall Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, highlighting the differences between pure R&B and rap titles in the overall, wide-ranging R&B/hip-hop field.”
Here’s hoping this ‘shake up’ encourages both R&B acts and their labels to ‘step their promo game up’ and look further than the comfort of urban outlets.
For, if they don’t, the R&B tally will be nothing more than a stomping ground for Pop stars with R&B leanings, and not R&B entertainers themselves.
So, are you in favor of these changes?