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Some of the Parameters of the formula that go into determining who makes the Iceman’s New Country Top 40 Chart.
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The Iceman has to have the music in hand from either directly from the artist or official representative of their team or Distribution Service

No Major or Major Independent Label Artists Qualify
Song Quality and is it Radio Ready
Quality of the finalized production
Social Media & Website Presence of the artist and song
Is Artist actively playing shows and openers
Trackable downloads of song (Mediabase, ReverbNation, Soundcloud, iTunes, Amazon, etc)
Trackable spins of song (CDX, Mediabase, Billboard, Music Row, Texas Regional etc)
Reaction to song by listeners and fans
Requests received on our website/social media
The Iceman’s Weekly Listener Poll Results
Syndication Show Affiliates input to us
Strength of current chart
Reputable Online writeups featuring the artists from TheBoot.com, Rolling Stone Country, CMT, Taste of Country, Nash Country Daily, NashvilleGab.com, etc

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What isn’t taken into consideration for chart qualification
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Any Other Charts (Unless it’s Billboard, Mediabase, CDX, Texas Regional & Music Row)

Any Award Shows or Competition (Unless it’s ACM,CMA,CMT, Billboard, Grammy’s, The Voice, American Idol,AGT, & NashNext)

 

All of the parameters in the formula are weighted and no one category alone is too strong or weak enough to make or break an artist from charting, we look at the whole picture. No one else in the world has this exact formula or uses it.   Remember we receive hundreds of songs per week.  The competition to make this chart is fierce, and deservedly so.  We stand by the formula as we had for over 4 years now, and it is always getting tweaked so that we stay the leading chart in New Country Music.  We get many people asking why a particular artist or even themselves are not on the chart.  There are only 40 positions and 15 On The Cusp/On Deck songs in the world of thousands that qualify.  Hard work and persistence gets results!