02 Nov Billboard Changes Rules, Incorporates Digital Sales
Changes to Charts by Billboard Draw FireBy JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
October 26, 2012
Three weeks ago, the editors at Billboard, who for decades have defined what makes an American hit, shook up the song charts for various genres.
The magazine started counting digital sales and online streams along with radio airplay in its tallies for most major formats. It also created two new charts using the same criteria, breaking out rap songs in one and R&B songs in a second.
The results have given stars with a pop-oriented sound and broad crossover appeal an advantage over other artists, upsetting and puzzling some music fans.