Billboard’s Editorial Director, Bill Werde got his butt rightly dragged all over the internet after the Billboard chart policy changes were announced earlier today. After receiving backlash from R&B fans (myself included), Werde took to Billboard’s official Tumblr site to address the uproar.
He addresses Brandy‘s sudden decline on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart (a chart based on just radio airplay is not reflective of a fan’s real input, he says). He addresses Rihanna‘s sudden rise to #1 on the R&B chart (I pity the R&B fans he says, giving little explanation). Finally, he addresses the more laughable scenario of Psy scoring the #1 song on the Rap chart (they have their guidelines for determining whether a song qualifies for a certain category).
Werde’s responses are light-hearted and witty but I still felt he danced around some of the main issues, despite making some decent points. But whatever way he puts it, still doesn’t change the fact that these changes are a blinding mess.