The new weekly chart will rank country songwriters according to specially designed, proprietary algorithms based upon airplay, digital track sales and streaming. The chart also breaks new ground by incorporating a social media function that encourages the posting and sharing of each writer’s chart position and overall success across Facebook, Twitter and other networks. One of the chart’s key premises is that total weekly points earned by each song will be evenly split by its number of co-writers.
“Follow the money,” was one of my first lessons as a trade reporter,” says Ross. “Dividing the points among co-writers reflects the way real world revenue streams are split in the publishing community.”
“When we envisioned NEKST,” says HitShop President Skip Bishop, “we wanted to create an information source that would be of value to the industry. Publishing is the bedrock of Nashville’s music industry so when the idea of a songwriter chart surfaced, we jumped on it immediately.”
Moving from the idea stage to implementation required enlisting the aid of HitShop’s digital department head Tim Gerst who assembled a sophisticated team of designers and programmers to create the software and presentation for the new chart. “We wanted this to reflect the evolving nature of our industry,” says Gerst. “So it was essential to factor streaming and track sales into the formula.”
The NEKST.biz weekly Top 60 Country Songwriter chart will debut Tues., Nov. 12. To sign up for the free weekly NEKST chart updates, click HERE.