The nation’s most respected chart source returns as the exclusive data provider for the highly-rated, globally syndicated countdown show

New York, NY— (August 14, 2017) — Westwood One and Billboard, the world’s largest voice in music, announced today that they have joined forces as American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks will utilize Billboard’s Country Airplay chart to run down the week’s top songs in the U.S., beginning the weekend of September 9-10. Based on actual radio play as monitored by Nielsen Music, Billboard’s Country Airplay chart is the most authoritative ranking of the biggest hits being played on country radio across the nation.

The pairing of American Country Countdown (ACC) and Billboard is a return to the show’s roots as Billboard served as the chart source for the program for more than 35 years, beginning with ACC’s inception in 1973.

“We could not be more excited to have Billboard’s country radio chart back on the air, exclusively with American Country Countdown,” says Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s vice president of Charts and Data Development. “Our partnership with Kix Brooks, a chart-topping legend himself, and the Westwood One team, will give country fans everywhere unparalleled insight into the week’s biggest country songs.”

Brooks said, “Having ACC and Billboard back together is long overdue. American Country Countdown was established on the Billboard chart information in 1973, so I’m thrilled that we were able to reestablish that history and relationship.”

Bryan Switzer, Westwood One’s VP/GM Music & Entertainment/Country, added “We’re thrilled to have reunited two iconic brands with American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks and Billboard. Through the years, both have earned the trust and respect of the listening public and the industry. It will be great to hear them together again each and every weekend.”

Stations interested in American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks can contact Country@westwoodone.com.

About Billboard
Billboard is the world's largest voice in music, built on the most complete and well-respected database of charts across all music genres. The Billboard charts define success in music. From the iconic Billboard magazine to Billboard.com, the ultimate consumer-facing destination for millions of passionate music fans, to the industry's most elite conference series and influencer events including the Power 100 and Women in Music – the Billboard brand has unmatched authority among fans, artists and the industry alike. Billboard has a social media footprint of 15.4 million social followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and created 86.9M cross-platform video views in Jan. 2017. Billboard magazine has published major news-generating covers recently including Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, Nicki Minaj, Future, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Migos, Justin Bieber, and an open letter to Congress signed by 180+ of the music industry’s biggest stars and executives. In December 2016, the Billboard Women in Music ceremony, which honored Madonna as Woman of the Year, was presented to a mass audience via Lifetime, the exclusive broadcast partner.

In 2016, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group acquired SpinMedia’s storied music assets Spin, Vibe, and Stereogum, establishing the world’s largest music brand by digital traffic, social reach, and audience share. Combined entity of music and entertainment properties now reaches 45 million unique visitors and one in every three U.S. millennials.

About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers audio products to reach listeners whenever, wherever they are. Westwood One is a trusted connection between audio companies, advertisers, and audience — with 8,000 broadcast radio stations and media partners who reach 245 million weekly listeners. The company’s portfolio features premium content with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com.

PRESS CONTACT:

For Billboard:
Luke Carron
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For Westwood One:
Jana Polsky
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