Billboard Airplay Tracking Week to Shift to Friday-Thursday Beginning With Charts Dated Dec. 31
All airplay charts will adopt the new measurement period, after the all-format Radio Songs survey switched in 2021.
Billboard will shift its airplay chart tracking week for all radio formats to Friday-through-Thursday beginning with Luminate-based charts dated Dec. 31. The schedule will switch from the Monday-through-Sunday tracking week previously used for all individual formats.
The all-format Radio Songs chart, which contributes to the all-genre, multi-metric Billboard Hot 100, already uses a Friday-through-Thursday tracking week, having segued to that schedule in July 2021.
Moving charts to a Friday-through-Thursday tracking period will align airplay with the streaming and sales tracking week, and allow for visible building chart tracking, within Luminate’s Music Connect platform, which operates under that song consumption timeline.
The dates for making the airplay chart tracking week change for all formats are as follows:
Charts finalized Monday, Dec. 19 and updated on Billboard.com Tuesday, Dec. 20 (dated Dec. 24) used data from Monday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 18 (marking the last charts reflecting a Monday-through-Sunday tracking week).
Charts finalized Friday, Dec. 23 and to be updated on Billboard.com Wednesday, Dec. 28 (dated Dec. 31) will use data from Friday, Dec. 16 through Thursday, Dec. 22 (marking the first charts reflecting a Friday-through-Thursday tracking week).
The Friday-through-Thursday tracking week will continue to be used for airplay charts finalized Friday, Dec. 30 and to be updated on Billboard.com Wednesday, Jan. 4 (dated Jan. 7), using data from Friday, Dec. 23 through Thursday, Dec. 29, and for each week thereafter.
As previously reported, data and insights company Luminate, which provides data for Billboard’s charts, has partnered with airplay monitoring service Mediabase, and the latter’s radio tracking data began fueling Billboard surveys reflecting airplay activity dated Nov. 12. (Click here for more information, via Luminate, about the BDS/Mediabase transition, for Luminate subscribers with access to Luminate’s Music Connect platform.)
Along with Radio Songs, Billboard’s United States-based airplay charts encompass: Pop Airplay (Mainstream Top 40); Adult Pop Airplay (Adult Top 40); Adult Contemporary; Country Airplay; Rock & Alternative Airplay; Alternative Airplay; Adult Alternative Airplay (Triple A); Mainstream Rock Airplay; R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay; Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay; Adult R&B Airplay; Rap Airplay; Rhythmic Airplay; Latin Airplay; Regional Mexican Airplay; Latin Pop Airplay; Latin Rhythm Airplay; Tropical Airplay; Christian Airplay; Christian AC Airplay; Gospel Airplay; Dance/Mix Show Airplay; Smooth Jazz Airplay; and the seasonal Holiday Airplay chart.
All Billboard charts, viewable here, regularly update on Billboard.com each Tuesday.