The Texas Country Music Chart is the only Texas based digitally monitored airplay chart for Texas Country Music and is a service of Texas Country Music Association. If you haven't become a member of TCMA we encourage you to do so. You can do so by clicking here.
Becoming a member of TCMA does not guarantee chart positions OR chart eligiblity.
WHAT QUALIFIES AS TEXAS COUNTRY?
We love Country music. However, you won't find anything but Texas Country on our chart. Now one of the biggest questions we are asked is, "What qualifies a song to be Texas Country?" Well, artists that are born in Texas or currently living in Texas OR one of the surrounding states will consider your song as Texas Country according to our guidelines. Effective October 1, 2022, we have extended this area to allow artists from Colorado and Kansas be eligible for our chart. We love other artists too and don't want them to feel discouraged that they can't be considered a part of the Texas Country Music Chart. So, if an artist doesn't qualify in one of the previous categories mentioned above, songs will also be considered "Texas Country" if the artists are playing at least 35% of their shows in Texas venues while their current single is out at radio. Shows must be "LIVE" in person shows that are open to the public. As much as we would like to consider virtual shows, we can't.
Only CURRENT songs will be considered for charting purposes. To prevent songs that have been out to radio from being submitted later than the actual released and starting at much higher position(s) on our chart, we have put a rule into place. Songs that have been out at radio longer than 4 weeks but not submitted to our chart will be considered as recurrent and not eligible for the chart.
Songs must be released to both terrestrial and internet radio to be eligible for the Texas Country Music Chart.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ASK FOR DOCUMENTATION PROVING ELIGIBILITY.
HOW DOES THE TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC CHART COLLECT SPIN COUNTS?
All songs that are tracked have to be digitally fingerprinted. Fingerprinting is not a new technology. This has been around for years. There is absolutely NO CHARGE to have a song fingerprinted and placed into our system. However, only songs that have been fingerprinted and placed into our system can be tracked. Songs that have not been fingerprinted can't be recognized by the system. When a song that has been fingerprinted is played on one of our monitored stations, it records the song and adds it to the total spin calculation for the reporting period.
Current singles may be sent to us by using the "music submission" link at the top of this page.
STATION SPINS WILL NOT BE "FROZEN"
We are a "monitored" airplay chart. This means that we monitor a station's internet web stream and only count the spins we can physically hear being played via our stream monitoring system. If we can't monitor the stations stream, we can't be sure if the song is being played or not. This is why we listen to a stations web stream before adding it to our monitoring panel. If a stations stream continues to drop constantly then it is not added to our panel or is dropped if they are already on the panel.
INTERESTED IN BEING A PART OF OUR MONITORED PANEL?
We would love to have additional radio stations as part of our panel. If you would like for us to consider adding you to our panel then get in touch with us. Stations are added and removed from the panel at the discretion of the chart editor. Contact Kenny Schneebeli by email at email@example.com. You can also click HERE to contact us about joining the panel. To see our current chart panel click here: PANEL LIST
RECURRENT RULE AND METHODOLOGY (updated 9/15/23)
We want to keep this pretty simple and easy to understand. Here are the chart rules:
1) Songs that reach 20 weeks with 3 consecutive weeks of spin losses will be removed from the airplay chart. (This 20 week period begins the first week the song is tracked in our system.)
2) Songs that have not reached top 20 status after 24 weeks will be removed to from the airplay chart regardless of spin
loss. *24 week period begins the first day the song is tracked*
3) Songs will be removed from the airplay chart if it reaches the top 20 and then falls back below number 40 on the
4) A song that reaches # 1 on the chart and then falls back below number 10 will be removed from the airplay chart.
5) Songs that reach # 1 and remain there for 5 consecutive weeks will be retired to the recurrent chart after the 10th week at #1.
6) Songs with 10 consecutive weeks of ZERO spins will be removed from the current airplay chart.
HOW DO MUSIC CHARTS WORK?
That's a GREAT QUESTION! Here is a link to TexasCountryMusicMagazine.com's article explaining how the music charts work. https://www.texascountrymusicmagazine.com/resources