Billboard to Include Americana/Folk Chart in Sales Listings
After extensive recording industry consultations, Billboard has revised its Folk Albums listing to be renamed the Americana/Folk Albums Chart.
The change reflects the growing popularity of Americana as a reference point for the genres associated with roots music – among fans, musicians and record companies alike.
Many feel the move has been long overdue, as Americana (as a term, as well as a style of music) is already widely embraced by audiences, critics and industry awards organizations.
Americana Music Association Executive Director, Jed Hilly, explains: “This is important. It establishes, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the importance of Americana music in our industry and its relevance in the ever-changing artistic landscape.”
The debut Americana/Folk Chart will be published Tuesday, May 24 (and dated June 4). It will follow essentially the same format as its predecessor, consisting of 25 titles and monitoring weekly sales figures.
It will track music by roots-based bands and artists who fall somewhere between the traditional spaces of country and rock. For additional information on Billboard’s inclusion of Americana in its weekly sales reporting, click here.