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“Now We're on the Top, Top of the Pops”: The Performance of “Non‐Mainstream” Music on Billboard 's Albums Charts, 1981–2001

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Abstract:

This study attempts to measure how much success non‐mainstream genres and artists have had in crossing over onto the mainstream “pop” charts. The author examines Billboard magazine's year‐end album charts and determines how well country, Latin, metal/hard rock, rhythm and blues, rap/hip‐hop, and other genres outside of pop have fared. The author also looks at how changes in Billboard's chart compilation methods have affected the rankings.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760500142670

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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