Last week, Billboard announced the creation of a new chart for R&B music, to better distinguish that genre from Hip-Hop. More importantly, though, Billboard changing how it calculated its top singles charts for various genres. First, it will expand the number of stations included in determining airplay counts. Then, it will use the hybrid formula developed for the Hot 100 chart to reflect digital online sales of singles, and airplay counts from major streaming services. This should provide a more inclusive basis for measuring artist and song popularity.
The recording industry welcomed the change. Jim Donio, president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), released the following statement.
"With digital downloads hitting record highs and streaming services such as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio, MOG, Sony Music Unlimited and Xbox Music continuing to grow, the impact of digital music is growing more and more pronounced... We are happy to see that Billboard recognizes this trend and is taking steps to ensure that its charts will continue to serve as the industry standard well into the future."Source - Billboard shakes up charts to include digital, streaming data, CEN Audio blog