Takeaways from Billboard’s Inaugural Americana Albums Chart

Takeaways from Billboard’s Inaugural Americana Albums Chart

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Americana may not have a definitive, universally-recognized definition. But it now has it’s own classification on Billboard’s weekly album’s chart, which is a new layer of legitimacy for the genre if nothing else. When the new Americana chart was announced, the next question was how chart managers would decide which acts would fall under the Americana distinction. And now that we have our first glimpse at the inaugural list (see below), we’ve got a pretty good idea.

Overall, it appears that the Billboard staff got it just about right. Despite a few wild cards, they were able to distinguish which artists are considered more Americana than country, rock, blues, or…



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