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While the Billboard 200 will see major changes, Billboard will continue to publish a pure album sales chart, to be called Top Album Sales. The reformatted Billboard 200 will be equivalent to Billboard‘s Hot 100 singles chart, which is likewise based on multiple factors (digital sales, radio airplay and streaming activity). Nielsen SoundScan posts a Digital Songs chart which takes only sales into account, but the Hot 100 gets far more attention. It is considered the definitive chart. Given a choice, just about any artist would rather be #1 on the Hot 100 than on Digital Songs. The same will likely be true of The Billboard 200 vs. Top Album Sales.