Billboard Launches R&B Albums and Streaming Songs Charts
Last week we shared that Billboard launched the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, the first-ever ranking of the nation’s top dance songs combining digital download sales, radio airplay, streaming data, and reported club play from a select national panel of 140 club DJs.
Today, we are pleased to share the news about two more charts that they have launched: the R&B Albums chart and the Streaming Songs chart.
The R&B Albums chart will rank the week’s top R&B-only (non-rap) titles, and is a companion chart to the recently-launched R&B Songs chart. Both charts will serve as 25-position distillation of the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Holding the #1 spot on the chart is Rihanna‘s Unapologetic. Following Rihanna at #2 is Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire while The Weeknd‘s Trilogy holds the #3 position. The three titles are the only albums to share top 10 placement on both R&B Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
The Streaming Songs chart ranks the top web radio streams and on-demand audio titles from the leading streaming services mentioned above. This ranking represents the streaming portion of the Hot 100’s data pool as well as Billboard’s other hybrid genre charts for Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, R&B, Rap, Latin, Rock, and now Dance/Electronic Songs.
Coming in at #1 on the chart’s first week is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” with Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” and Rihanna‘s “Diamonds“ coming in at the #2 and 3 position. Thoughts?