The Folk Albums chart segues to a new name, Americana/Folk Albums, in line with the rise of Americana music and coverage.
Following in-depth dialog with industry contacts, Billboard is altering the name of our Folk Albums chart to Americana/Folk Albums. The change will take effect with the chart to post Tuesday, May 24 (dated June 4 and reflecting sales data, according to Nielsen Music, in the week ending May 19).
The change recognizes the growth of Americana music and the prominent rise of the term Americana overall, both within the industry and in widespread music coverage. Among acts likely to continue to be a presence on the retooled Americana/Folk Albums chart include The Lumineers, Sturgill Simpson, James Bay, Margo Price and Jason Isbell.
Criteria for the content of the Americana/Folk Albums chart (which will continue to run 25-titles deep and be based on weekly sales) will largely remain the same, as certain core Americana titles have gradually been appearing on the list over the past year. The chart will spotlight that creatively fertile middle ground generally considered to bridge country and rock: organic, roots and acoustic-based groups and solo singer-songwriters (with greater consideration than before for chart eligibility given to acts leaning more Americana than folk).