Company updates Christian & Gospel charts to reflect digital listening habits.
Posted: November 25, 2013, 5:00 PM | Category:General Artist Tags: Source: From AP Reports
Billboard is updating its Christian and Gospel song charts, continuing a modernization process intended to reflect the use of the Internet on listening habits. Billboard last week added digital download sales and streaming data to its existing radio airplay methodology. This will bring the Christian and Gospel songs charts in line with other charts that were updated last year.
The addition of digital and streaming information has changed the makeup of the Hot 100, opening the way for Internet stars to be counted in an age when listeners increasingly consume their music through services like YouTube, Spotify and Rhapsody. Billboard also is adding gospel and Christian streaming songs charts along with the revamp.
And like changes made to the Hot 100, Christian and Gospel airplay will now be charted across the more than 1,200 radio stations tracked by Nielsen BDS. Previously songs only received credit for spins on stations with Christian or Gospel formats. Officials expect this to benefit Gospel songs played Sunday mornings on urban radio stations, for instance