Billboard has announced changes in the methodology of the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, while a new sales survey, Folk Albums, will join Billboard's chart menu.
Effective with the 2010 chart year, which begins with the charts that will be refreshed on billboard.com Thursday, Nov. 26 (print issue dated Dec. 5), the Billboard 200 will shift from a currents-based ranking of the weekly top-selling albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to an all-inclusive list of the top 200-selling albums, regardless of release date.
The Billboard 200 will continue to be a centerpiece of the chart menu on billboard.com and sister site billboard.biz. The latter site will also house the new Top Current Albums chart, which will implement the current/catalog criteria long utilized on the Billboard 200. That policy stipulates that an album that ranks below No. 100, is more than 18 months old and does not have a current charting single at radio is removed from that tally and other corresponding album charts on which it has appeared.