The powers that be officially decided this week that EDM deserves the same recognition as Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Latin and Country. Billboard just debuted its new Dance/Electronic Songs chart and will.i.am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” is currently topping the list.
Rounding out the top ten are Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, PSY, Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Pitbull, David Guetta and Zedd, displaying an already confused definition of “Dance/Electronic.” Officially, the list compiles
“current dance/electronic songs, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielson BDS sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan, streaming activity data by online music sources tracked by Nielsen BDS and reports from a national sample of club DJs.”
With this chart still in its earliest stages, we’re interested to see how underground releases with a sudden online prominence and EDM remixes of pop songs factor in as well as how distinct the list differs from Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs chart.