They are the top played among all stations in the country. The statistics are collected, partly to pay the artists, recording labels, etc their license royalties for the recordings. In the US, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Artists and Performers) and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) are the two major licensing companies for most music produced in the country.
In addition, each record sale also enters the tally, which helps to bring the song to silver, gold or platinum status. Billboard, Arbitron, Nielsen R&R, and other companies keep their own tallies, and lists, which also enter into the selections for the various awards programs for the various genre's of musical recording styles.
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