Billboard has added the brand new "Streaming Songs" chart to include song play data from top web radio streams.
Using data from BDS (Broadcast Data Systems), it ranks the top web radio streams and on-demand audio titles from services like Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio, MySpace, Xbox Music, and Guvera.
Billboard explains it like this: "Where On-Demand Songs, which launched in March 2012, measures consumer-activated audio plays on the above streaming services with on-demand functionality, Streaming Songs includes that data, as well as on-demand streams." [We're guessing that last phrase is supposed to be "as well as Internet radio streams." -- Ed.]
The data from this chart is the streaming segment of several other Billboard charts: the Hot 100's data pool, plus Billboard's other hybrid genre charts for Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, R&B, Rap, Latin, Rock, and the just-announced Dance/Electronic Songs.
That "Dance/Electronic Songs" chart compiles the top dance songs in the country based on digital download sales (tracked by Nielsen SoundScan), radio airplay and streaming data (both monitored by Nielsen BDS), and reported club play from a select national panel of 140 club DJs.
Last March Billboard created the "On-Demand Songs" chart, based on song plays on subscription online music services, and announced that data from the chart would be included in Billboard's Hot 100 (see RAIN here). In October, Billboard began factoring streaming data and digital download sales into its rankings for major music charts. See RAIN here.
Read more in Billboard here.