Billboard’s long-standing Christian Songs and Gospel Songs charts will receive a major consumer-influenced face-lift, as digital download sales (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan) and streaming data (from services tracked by Nielsen BDS including YouTube, Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music) will now be factored into the rankings, along with existing radio airplay data monitored by Nielsen BDS. The makeovers will enable the charts to match the methodology applied to Billboard’s signature all-genre songs ranking, the Billboard Hot 100, as well as other genre charts like Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rock Songs. The revamped Christian and gospel charts appear in this issue.
?Concurrent to the revamping of Christian Songs and Gospel Songs, Billboard will also introduce new streaming-only charts: Christian Streaming Songs and Gospel Streaming Songs. Once added to Billboard’s existing airplay and digital download charts for each genre, the streaming rankings will provide a third distinct breakout chart for the overarching Christian Songs and Gospel Songs.?
“We are extremely excited to add Christian and gospel to our growing list of consumer-influenced rankings, which are in the mold of our flagship songs chart, the Hot 100,” Billboard director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo says. “Incorporating download sales and streaming data to existing radio airplay provides a more holistic view of a song’s popularity.
”?Billboard has been charting the popularity of Christian songs since 2003 and gospel songs since 2005, utilizing an airplay-only methodology; digital song rankings were launched for both genres in 2010. The existing radio charts for Christian and gospel will be spun off and live on Billboard’s print and/or online properties, each keeping its history from their respective launches.?
Until now, only Christian and gospel music stations contributed to the Christian Songs and Gospel Songs charts.