refers to either of two separate "Breaking and Entering" music charts issued weekly by Billboard Magazine
Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry, and is one of the oldest trade magazines in the world. It maintains several internationally recognized music charts that track the most popular songs and albums in various categories on a weekly basis...
: the Heatseekers Albums
chart or the Heatseekers Songs
chart. They were introduced by Billboard
in 1993 with the purpose of highlighting the sales by new and developing musical recording artists. Albums and songs appearing on Top Heatseekers may also concurrently appear on the Billboard 200
The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists...
or Billboard Hot 100
The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on radio play and sales; the tracking-week for sales begins on Monday and ends on Sunday, while the radio play tracking-week runs from Wednesday...
Heatseekers Albums chart
The Heatseekers Albums chart contains 50 positions, ranked by Nielsen SoundScan
Nielsen SoundScan is an information and sales tracking system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett. Soundscan is the official method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada...
sales data, and charts album titles from "new or developing acts", which is determined by the act's historical chart performance. Once an artist has had an album place in the top 100 of the Billboard
Top 200, or in the top ten of any of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is a chart published by Billboard magazine that ranks R&B and hip hop albums based on sales compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The name of the chart was changed from Top R&B Albums in 1999...
, Country Albums, Latin Albums
Latin Albums is a record chart published by Billboard magazine and is labeled as the most important music chart for Spanish language, full-length albums in the American music market. Like all Billboard album charts, the chart is based on sales...
, Christian Albums, or Gospel Albums, the album and later works no longer qualify for tracking on Heatseeker Albums.
Many artists have bypassed Top Heatseekers altogether by having their initial chart entry debut on the Billboard
200 at position 100 or above.
Heatseekers Songs chart
The Heatseekers Songs chart contains 50 positions, rated by a combination of Nielsen BDS
Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, better known as BDS, is a service that tracks monitored radio, television and internet airplay of songs based on the number of spins and detections...
airplay measurements, Nielsen SoundScan sales data, and streaming activity figures from online music sources. Like Heatseekers Albums, this chart tracks titles from "new or developing acts", similarly determined by the act's historical chart performance. An artist's song is no longer eligible for Heatseekers Songs when the artist has had a song place in the top 50 of the Billboard
Hot 100 (or of radio songs before December 5, 1998).