To paraphrase Marty Stuart, Americana music is more about the art and the heart than the charts. That said, the Americana Music Association radio airplay chart has been an important part of the industry for 23 years. And this week, that chart gets its most significant overhaul in that time.
First, says AMA executive director Jed Hilly, is automating the way the roughly 80 panel stations report the songs they play.
“We’re moving from a manually input chart to a monitored chart.”