Billboard magazine

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An example of a Billboard Magazine.
Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. It maintains several internationally recognized music charts that track the most popular songs and albums in various categories on a weekly basis. Its most famous chart, the "Billboard Hot 100", ranks the top 100 songs regardless of genre and is frequently used as the standard measure for ranking songs in the United States. The "Billboard 200" survey is the corresponding chart for album sales.


When founded in 1894, Billboard magazine was originally concerned with carnival entertainment, but music coverage grew to the point that its earlier subjects were spun off into a separate journal in the 1950s.

On January 4, 1936 Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. Since 1958 the Hot 100 has been published, combining single sales and radio airplay.

Radio countdown programs

For many years, the weekly syndicated radio program "American Top 40," hosted by Casey Kasem (1970 to August 1988 and the middle of 1998 to 2004) and Shadoe Stevens (August 1988 to Feb. 1994), played the top 40 songs on that Billboard chart in reverse order; in 2004, Kasem was replaced with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

A country music version of "American Top 40" – called "American Country Countdown" – is hosted by radio personality Bob Kingsley, and has been on the air since 1973.

Billboard today

Billboard magazine covers every aspect of the entertainment business, from DVDs to video cassette sales to internet music downloads. It features news stories and opinion articles. For the most part, Billboard is intended for music professionals, such as record label executives and DJs. It is generally not intended for the general public, though it can occasionally be found at bookstores. But despite their extensive coverage of the entertainment business, they are best known for their charts.

Methodology of its charts

Currently, Billboard uses a system called Nielsen Soundscan to track sales of singles as well as different genres of albums. Essentially, it's a system that registers sales when the album or single is purchased at the cash register of SoundScan-enabled stores. Billboard also uses a system called Broadcast Data Systems or BDS, which they own as a subsidiary, to track radio airplay. Essentially, each song has something like a fingerprint. When it is played on a radio station that is contracted to use BDS, a detection is made. These detections are added it up every week among all radio stations to determine airplay points.

Each of Billboard's many charts use this basic formula. What separates the charts is what stations or stores each chart uses. Each genre's department at Billboard is headed up by chart managers, who makes these determinations. Sometimes, what's ok on one chart is not ok on another chart. The most famous example of this was the song "Into the Groove" by Madonna. It was initially only available as a 12 inch single. At the time, this was not acceptable to the managers of the Hot 100 chart. So even though the song got extensive airplay, it was not allowed to chart on the Hot 100. However, the R and B singles chart did not have this restriction, so "Into the Groove" actually charted on the R and B singles chart.

For many years, a song had to be commercially available as a single to be considered for any of Billboard's charts. At the time, instead of using SoundScan or BDS, Billboard obtained its data from manual reports filled out by radio stations and stores. In 1990, the country singles chart was the first chart to use SoundScan and BDS. They were followed by the Hot 100 and the R and B chart in 1991. Today, all of Billboard's charts use this technology. Before September 1995, singles were allowed to chart in the week they first went on sale based on airplay points alone. The policy was changed in September 1995 to only allow a single to debut after a full week of sales on combined sales and airplay points. This allowed several tracks to debut at #1. In December 1998, the policy was further modified to allow tracks to chart on the basis of airplay alone without a commercial release.

Starting in 2005, Billboard changed its methodology to allow paid digital downloads from digital music stores such as iTunes to chart with or without the help of radio airplay.

Corporate ownership

As of 2005, Billboard is owned by the Dutch conglomerate VNU.

A variety of charts

Currently, Billboard has many different charts with the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 being the most famous. Billboard also has charts for the following music styles: rock, country, dance, bluegrass, jazz, classical, R and B, rap, electronic, latin, christian music and even for ringtones for cell phones.

Billboard Charts

Singles & Tracks

  • The Billboard Hot 100
  • The Billboard Hot 100 Airplay
  • Hot 100 Singles Sales
  • Hot 100 Singles Recurrents
  • Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay
  • Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles
  • Hot Digital Songs
  • Hot Digital Tracks
  • The Billboard Pop 100
  • The Billboard Pop 100 Airplay
  • Hot Rap Tracks
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay
  • Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales
  • Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles
  • Rhythmic Top 40
  • Hot Latin Tracks
  • Latin Pop Airplay
  • Latin Regional Mexican Airplay
  • Latin Tropical Airplay
  • Hot Country Singles & Tracks
  • Hot Country Recurrents
  • Hot Country Singles Sales
  • Modern Rock Tracks
  • Mainstream Rock Tracks
  • Adult Top 40
  • Top 40 Adult Recurrents
  • Adult Contemporary
  • Adult Contemporary Recurrents
  • Hot Christian Adult Contemporary
  • Hot Gospel Tracks
  • Hot Dance Music/Club Play
  • Dance Radio Airplay
  • Hot Dance Singles Sales
  • Hot Videoclips
  • Hot Ringtones
  • Canadian Singles Chart


  • The Billboard 200
  • Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  • Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums
  • Top Country Albums
  • Top Country Catalog Albums
  • Top Bluegrass Albums
  • Top Electronic Albums
  • Top Independent Albums
  • Top Pop Catalog Albums
  • Top Internet Album Sales
  • Top Latin Albums
  • Top Latin Pop Albums
  • Top Regional Mexican Albums
  • Top Tropical Albums
  • Top Latin Rhythmic Albums
  • Top Rap Albums
  • Top Compilation Albums
  • Top Comedy Albums
  • Top Classical Albums
  • Top Classical Crossover Albums
  • Top Classical Budget Albums
  • Top Classical Midline Albums
  • Top Holiday Albums
  • Top Canadian Albums
  • Top Blues Albums
  • Top Christian Albums
  • Top Contemporary Jazz
  • Top Gospel Albums
  • Top Jazz Albums
  • Top Kid Audio
  • Top New Age Albums
  • Top Reggae Albums
  • Top World Music Albums
  • European Top 100 Albums
  • Top Soundtracks
  • Billboard Comprehensive Albums
  • Top Heatseekers
  • Heatseekers/East North Central
  • Heatseekers/Mountain
  • Heatseekers/Northeast
  • Heatseekers/Pacific
  • Heatseekers/South Atlantic
  • Heatseekers/South Central
  • Heatseekers/West North Central

Home Videos

  • Top VHS Sales
  • Top Video Rentals
  • Top DVD Sales
  • Top Video Game Rentals
  • Top Kid Video
  • Top Music Video
  • Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos
  • Top Video Sales - Health & Fitness
  • Top Video Sales - Recreational Sports DVD

See also

External link

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