Billboard is expanding its chart offerings by introducing Top Songwriters and Top Producers rankings based on weekly activity on the Billboard Hot 100 and other “Hot”-named genre song charts that blend streaming, airplay and sales data.
The charts will debut in the Billboard issue dated June 15, and in the Billboard Bulletin email blast delivered to subscribers on June 13. Top 10 charts for Hot 100 songwriters and producers will be featured each week, joined by a rotating set of charts from two other genres among R&B/hip-hop, rap, R&B, country, rock, dance/electronic, Latin, Christian and gospel. (Top songwriter and producer rankings have been presented annually as part of year-end chart menus for various genres and occasionally for special features.)
“We’re extremely excited to acknowledge the top creative forces behind music’s biggest hits on a weekly basis,” says Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard svp of charts and data development. “A songwriter or producer’s influence and importance within the industry and beyond certainly merits recognition beyond our yearly rankings.”
“Anytime a light is shone upon the songwriters and producers who are the backbone of the industry, it’s a very good thing,” Atlas Music founder and CEO Richard Stumpf tells Billboard. “What Billboard is doing ties together with the digital services starting to show songwriter credits, so all of this is going the right way in helping the music fans become aware of the songwriters and the role they play.”
The charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter or producer for each attributed song that appears on the respective charts. As done with Billboard’s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally. The dividing of points will lead to occasional ties for some rankings.