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Top Heatseekers refers to either of 2 separate "Breaking and Entering" Music Charts by Billboard Magazine - the Heatseeker Albums Chart or the Heatseeker Songs Chart. They were introduced by Billboard in 1993[1] with the purpose of highlighting the sales by new and developing musical recording artists. Albums and songs appearing on Top Heatseekers may also concurrently appear on the Billboard 200.

Heatseeker Albums Chart

Heatseekers Album Chart contains 50 Chart Positions and charts "the week's top-selling albums by new or developing acts, defined as those who have never appeared on the top 100 of the Billboard Top 200, or the top 10 of R&B/HipHop Albums, Country Albums, Latin Albums, Christian Albums, or Gospel Albums. If a title reaches any of these levels, it and the artist's subsequent albums are ineligible to appear on Heatseeker Albums. Titles are ranked by data compiled by Nielsen Soundscan."[2] Note that the chart's policies have changed slightly over the years.[3]


Note that there are many artists who bypassed Top Heatseekers altogether by having their initial chart entry debut on the Billboard 200 at position 100 or above.

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References

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  2. ^ Billboard Heatseeker Album Chart Definition. "http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/heatseekers-albums"
  3. ^ reference needed
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Top Heatseekers is a weekly music chart for albums introduced by Billboard in 1993. It was created to publish sales by new and developing musical recording artists. Albums that appear on Top Heatseekers may also appear on the Billboard 200 at the same time.

Top Heatseekers contains fifty chart positions.[1] Although the chart's rules have changed a little bit over the years, its current rules for an album is eligible to enter Top Heatseekers if it is one of the best-selling albums by a new or developing act (a band or musical artist), meaning an act that has never appeared in the top 100 of the Billboard 200. If an album on Heatseekers does enter the top 100 of the Billboard 200, it and any albums the act later releases are not eligible to appear on the Heatseekers chart.[2] Many artists have bypassed Top Heatseekers because their first chart entry debuted on the Billboard 200 at position 100 or above.

References

  1. "Top Heatseekers". Billboard. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.
  2. Caulfield, Keith (February 26, 2008). "Ask Billboard". Billboard.com, answer to question 1. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.


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