Billboard magazine is expanding its chart offerings by introducing Top Songwriters and Top Producers rankings, based on weekly activity on the Billboard Hot 100, and other genre song charts, that blend streaming, airplay, and sales data.
The charts will debut in the June 15, 2019, issue of the magazine, and in the Billboard Bulletin subscriber e-mail blast on June 13, 2019. Top 10 charts for Hot 100 songwriters and producers will be featured each week, joined by a rotating set of charts drawn 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,” said Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard Senior Vice President 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,” said Atlas Music founder and CEO Richard Stumpf to the magazine. “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.”