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XM, Sirius Join Billboard Charts

Washington — XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio announced that their respective airplay data will be included on the charts of the music industry’s trade magazine Billboard.

The companies said they will offer airplay data from their respective hit stations, XM’s Top 20 on 20 and Sirius’ Hits-1, for inclusion in the Billboard’s Radio Monitor Mainstream Top 40 Chart.

Both companies said the event marks the first time airplay from a non-terrestrial broadcaster has been included in the Billboard chart, which has consisted of a panel of 116 terrestrial radio stations in 99 markets, until now.

XM and Sirius also said the event signifies the growing importance of satellite radio in the entertainment market.