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Americana Radio Airplay Charts

The first Albums and Singles chart of 2019 will be published on January 8, 2019.

FAQs

How can I sign up to receive the Americana Radio Airplay Charts via email?

What are the Americana Radio Airplay Charts?

There are two monitored Americana Airplay charts; a song-based Singles Chart and an Albums Chart. The software company, CDX TRACtion, monitors each radio station through the online stream of their signal to get their actual weekly spin counts for each album and each track. The monitored airplay charts will provide an accurate representation of all Americana albums and song tracks played by our radio reporters. All artist recordings will be fingerprinted into the CDX/Americana radio airplay database. The most expeditious way for albums and tracks to be fingerprinted is to engage CDX to handle the digital radio distribution - learn more here.

How do I submit singles and albums to the charts?

Are you are planning to service your album to the 80-station Americana radio panel? Are you interested in having your album and singles tracked on the Americana Radio Charts? CDX TRACtion is your one-stop service for digital radio distribution and tracking services. TRACtion only recognizes detections on songs that have been “fingerprinted.” The fastest, easiest and most effective way to get your albums to the radio stations and "fingerprinted" for the chart data-tracking system is with CDX TRACtion. Please click here for details and pricing. Songs serviced to Americana Radio through CDX digital distribution are "fingerprinted" automatically. The Americana Music Association® does not distribute music to the stations. 

Please note: The Americana Airplay Charts are strictly to track the spins of albums that Americana stations include in their weekly playlists. It is not intended to be a "DJ Bulk List." The Americana Music Association® created the Americana Airplay Charts as a service to those individuals who are actively working and promoting their albums to radio.

For more information on the Americana Airplay Charts please contact chart@americanamusic.org.

Can I purchase advertisements on the Americana Radio Airplay Charts?

Yes! You can learn more about radio ad opportunities here. To inquire about ad space, please email Michele Rhoades at m.rhoades@americanamusic.org.

How can I purchase a tracking subscription to CDX TRACtion?

Please contact Joe Kelly (joe@cdxcd.com) at CDX for tracking subscription information.

How does my radio station become an Americana Radio Airplay reporter?

To become an Americana Radio Airplay reporter, please complete this form. You will need the following information:

-Radio station call letters
-City and state of the radio station
-Link to station's broadcast stream
-Station's broadcast radius
-How many hours of Americana music is broadcast each week and on which days (It is recommended that each station broadcast between 12-18 hours of Americana music per week)
-Copy of a current playlist

How do radio stations gain access to view the CDX TRACtion software system?

All Americana radio station reporters were initially sent an invitation from CDX inviting them to view the CDX TRACtion software system so that the monitored station reporters can log in, create an account, and begin using the tracking software as a programming tool. 

What is the Recurrent Policy and Methodology for the Americana Radio Charts?

A newly fingerprinted album has 26 weeks in which to make the Top 50 chart. If the album does not chart by the 26th week, it is moved to recurrent. Once an album charts in the Top 50, it is guaranteed "current" status for a total of 20 consecutive weeks. If an album has fallen out of the Top 50 by its 20th week, it is automatically moved to recurrent. If an album continues to chart inside the Top 50 by week 20, it receives an additional two weeks to establish its spin and position trends. After week 22 and every week thereafter, if an album falls out of the Top 50, or has two prior consecutive weeks of spin and position loss, it is moved to recurrent. Top 10 albums are protected from recurrent status. Once an album falls out of the Top 10, it is subject to all of the normal recurrent rules. When an album goes recurrent, all of the tracks associated with the album also go recurrent. Standalone singles are governed by the same basic rules.

How are reporting radio stations monitored?

Reporting stations are monitored through the online stream of their signal and must maintain a 90% uptime percentage weekly to avoid being automatically frozen for the week. If the radio station's stream goes down for more than 10% during the seven (7) day reporting period, that station will be reported as frozen and the previous week's detection data will be used for that station and be used in the chart calculations. If the station has a frozen report for three (3) consecutive weeks, the station may be removed from the reporting panel until the station's stream is fully back up for a week's time. Monitored stations should promptly inform the Americana Music Association or CDX at any time their streaming service provider or online stream address changes to minimize the monitoring disruption that such a change will cause.

What is the Americana Radio Charts reporting period?

Each Americana radio station reporter will be monitored over a seven (7) day period from Tuesday morning at 12:01 AM to the following Monday at 11:59 PM.