Thursday, August 10, 2006
Joel Whitburn Maintains Continuity As Trades Consolidate
RECORD RESEARCH, INC. SIGNS NEW CONTRACT WITH BILLBOARD
In response to the recent merger of Billboard and R&R, Joel Whitburn’s Record Research. Inc. has signed a new contract with Billboard to continue to compile and publish their chart information in annual books, including the long period compilations in hardback books such as their latest “Top Country Songs: 1944 to 2005.”
Meanwhile, R&R used to be the only source of Radio and Records chart historical data and they permitted any countdown show to count them down without paying a royalty, so it begins to look like the end of an era for the country charts maintained since 1973. Bilboard pop charts go back to 1958 and Whitburn's country songs data goes all the way back to 1944.