We’ve been bitching about this almost every week since Michael Jackson died. And before. But now, according to HITS, the honchos at Billboard have finally relented to our unveering logic and impeccable taste. Starting with the sales week of November 16-22, they will include back catalog and reissues in their main chart, the Billboard 200.
“The events of 2009 and the continuing creativity in the repackaging of catalog titles, have led us to the conclude that the Billboard 200 would be best served presenting the true best sellers in the country, without any catalog-related rules or stipulations, to the media, pubic and our readers,” read the letter from the guys in charge.
We’ve been saying that excluding catalog sales was completely anachronistic in today’s environment, and it’s nice to know that Billboard agrees. The Billboard 200 will finally show the best selling albums for the week, regardless of when they were first released.
This is the first major chart rules revision since 2007 when they started allowing sales from exclusive retailers to be included in the Billboard 200, which allowed the Eagles‘ Walmart-exclusive to bump Britney Spears out of number one.
Via New Music Tipsheet.