Click here to signup for the RMR Radio Tracking Database for a list of 728 + authorized Roots Music Report reporting terrestrial & internet radio stations that play Roots/Americana music and were or currently reporting to the RMR Online Radio Tracking System. The Database includes all contact information including email addresses and phone numbers for all the DJ's and/or Music Directors at each radio station in addition to their weekly album spin totals.
Roots Music Report is the number one independent music chart in the world. We compile radio airplay data from radio stations around the globe that play all forms of roots music, so that each week you can see which independent artists are being played the most by what stations. Unlike some charts out there we do not alter, accept payment for, or manipulate the airplay data to give rankings for our charts. Stations reporting their play list is the only way for artist to appear on our charts. RMR is not owned by or influenced by any labels or record promoters as some charts are known for.
We strive to help the independent artists, and have been doing so for over 10 years. Our goals are simple: provide honest radio airplay data for artists so they will be able to determine whether their promotion is working, and give them the tools to help make their promotion tools more effective. ONLY THE MUSIC MATTERS
Radio stations enter into the database the number of times they have played an artist/album for the week and spins are update weekly into the database. The database then tabulates all spins reported by stations that week and places the artist/album in a chart order of most spins to least spins received by all stations.
Each general genre chart has 50 placements. State/regional charts have a varied number of placements due to the variance of the number of albums reported with artist residing in any given state.
A new artist/album makes placement into our database by being reported by at least 2 terrestrial radio stations or 3 internet radio stations or a combination of the two in a one week period. Once this criterion is met the artist/album is authorized to enter the database for tabulation.
This reporting rule was implemented after the realization that we had stations with large spins counts controlling the charts with an artist only being played on their lone station. Our goal always is to keep the charts fair to artists receiving airplay on several stations that report small spin counts and to stop any one station monopolizing the charts.
For this reason some spins for the week may show a 0 count on your play list. This is directly the result of your station being the only one to station is report the album. However, please keep reporting the artist/album and as soon as another station does the same it will be authorized into the database for tabulation.
We have added a few new music genres in the last several months and in order to help them through the growth stage we are forgoing the number of stations needed for reporting that genre. Upon reaching a sufficient number of reporting stations for the new genre we will then switch them over to the same requirements as our established genres.
In addition, we allow syndicated stations to multiply each spin by the number of their syndications (ex. 12 syndicated stations; 12 spins for each 1 spin); however, we do start restricting the multiplications when syndications are to more than 20 stations.
Most of our syndicated stations expressed their belief that they should have a larger spin count due to the fact that they reach a larger audience and we certainly agree, however we can't allow a station with an extremely large syndication rate to count all of their stations.
For example we have some syndicated programs that are broadcast on more than 600 radio stations however we only allow them to report only 20 spins. This is due to the fact that, if a syndicated show is on 400 stations and plays an album 3 times per show the reported spins would be 1200, which would essentially make it that stationís genre a one-show-chart. Therefore, we limit a syndicated stations spins while still trying to allow for the fact that they do reach a larger listening audience.
Our total spin counts are much lower than most charts for this reason but we believe this allows for a more accurate portrayal of any given artist’s popularity on stations around the world.
We are doing our very best to make our chart system balanced and fair. Whether it’s an artist that is played by 10 stations with 10 or more syndicated shows each, for an artist that is being played by 2 stations at 50 spins each, or if an artist that is played by 20 stations at 1 spin each. All Live365 stations will be allowed a maximum of 20 spins per album.
By requiring an album to be played by at least 2 to 3 stations, before being authorized into the database, as well as allowing some reporting balance for syndicated shows we are hoping for a much more realistic chart that can still be fair to the little guys. Our goal is to keep our charts honest and keep out the politics.
We thank all the stations that take the time and effort to report their spins to us. You are vital to making the RMR charts work. We are well aware that without them there would be no charts.