Ah... NO. It's a much bigger impact.Chartaholic wrote:True. I will add though that this affects such a small percent of songs. Only those songs that do manage to cross over are affected. However, it seems worse than it really is because mostly only the biggest genre songs will cross over, making them bigger. But it is like 1 percent of songs a year.
Paul's response was "The problem with using the Hot Country Songs for the "main" chart numbers is that we have to sell books to stay in business. Our customers gave us an overwhelmingly negative response when we switched to the HCS chart for the last few months of the 2012 edition. Many longtime customers said that they would never purchase another Country book if we didn't go back to using the Airplay numbers. The main problem (as you stated) is that the HCS chart uses airplay numbers from non-Country stations! BTW, I don't see how we're "manipulating" the chart data if we show BOTH sets of numbers. The Billboard Country Airplay chart is still a MAJOR chart and is closely followed by fans and industry types alike. We did not make this decision lightly. I've posted about this on the Pulse boards and the OVERWHELMING response has been positive. In fact, not one person so far has had anything negative to say. Again, we must sell books or else we will cease to exist."
The Pulse Board refers to the new Hot Country Songs chart as the "mongrel chart" and only considers the Country Airplay chart reflective of what country listeners are buying and listening too. Sam Hunt's "Body Like A Back Road" just completed a 34 week run at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. It hasn't even been listed on the Hot Country Airplay chart for quite some time.