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Black Charts

April 14, 1985

Dennis McDougal's article on racial categorization in the music industry contained many telling points ("Black Radio Battles Warners With a Boycott," April 7). But he was mistaken in suggesting that Billboard magazine has separate columns to analyze the pop and black charts.

Chartbeat, which I write, covers both the pop and black charts, as well as such other surveys as dance/disco and adult contemporary. The Rhythm & the Blues, authored by Nelson George, isn't a chart-based column, but touches on a wide range of topics of interest to the black music community.

PAUL GREIN

Talent Editor, Billboard

Grein occasionally contributes to Calendar.

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