The Westwood One-syndicated country music countdown program, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” will once again use the Billboard Country Airplay Chart as its music source. The program launched in 1973 using Billboard data and continued sourcing its charts for more than 35 years. ACC had most recently been using data from Mediabase to determine chart position.
“We could not be more excited to have Billboard’s country radio chart back on the air, exclusively with ‘American Country Countdown,’” Billboard’s VP of Charts and Data Development Silvio Pietroluongo said in a press release. “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.”
“We’re thrilled to have reunited two iconic brands with ‘American Country Countdown’ with Kix Brooks and Billboard,” Westwood One VP/GM Music & Entertainment/Country Bryan Switzer added. “Through the years, both have earned the trust and respect of the listening public and the industry.”
“Having ACC and Billboard back together is long overdue,” Brooks added. The country artist turned countdown host said he’s “thrilled that we were able to re-establish that history and relationship.”
The change in chart sources will take place with the program that airs the weekend of Sept. 9-10.