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Nielsen SoundScan is an information system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett that tracks sales data for singles, albums, and music video products in Canada and the United States for Billboard and other music industry companies. MTV, VH1, and many other North American cable music channels use Nielsen SoundScan data as well. Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division...


Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data for Billboard on March 1, 1991 and the first Hot 100 chart to debut with the system was released on November 30, 1991. Previously, Billboard tracked sales by calling stores across the U.S. and asking about sales; a method that was inherently error-prone and open to outright fraud. is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Recording Industry Association of America also tracks sales (or more specifically, shipments less potential returns) on a long-term basis through the RIAA certification system; it has never used either Nielsen SoundScan or the store-calling method. The RIAA Logo. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ...

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How Nielsen SoundScan tracks sales

Sales data from cash registers is collected from 14,000 retail, mass merchant, and non-retail (online stores) outlets in Canada and the U.S. Though this includes all major brick-and-mortar retailers, it is not a 100% sample of record sales; it excludes music clubs as well as some independent retailers and online outlets. In comparison, RIAA's system is a 100% sample of shipments, but does not track actual sales in real-time as Nielsen SoundScan does. Antique crank-operated cash register This article is about the cash register. ...


A barcode is on the back of most label-released CDs or cassettes. When the Canadian/U.S. customer is about to buy an album or single, the store clerk runs the barcode across a scanner. The sale is put into the store's computer and the sale data is also sent to Nielsen Media Research offices for the region. Wikipedia encoded in Code 128 Wikipedia encoded in Code 93 Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia encoded in the DataMatrix 2D barcode For the taxonomic method, see DNA barcoding. ... A compact disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a magnetic tape sound recording format. ...


Nielsen SoundScan clients include:

  • All major and many independent labels.
  • Distribution companies.
  • Artist managers and booking agents.
  • Concert promoters and venue owners.
  • Online retailers and "digital delivery" companies.

Single sales in perspective

American single sales have suffered since Billboard started allowing album cuts on its Hot 100 chart. Nowadays, a single has to sell around 140,000 copies to reach no 1 on the Hot 100; however, sales amounts for singles are rarely given by Billboard. The songs that rank highest on the Hot 100 are those that have high radio airplay impressions. Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...


In 2005, single sales have fared better than they have in years since Billboard started tracking digital downloads from online music stores such as iTunes, Rhapsody, and Musicmatch. Sales of digital downloads have increased more than 200% from last year; however, sales of CD singles are down about 60% from last year. This article is about the iTunes application. ... Rhapsody is an online music service run by RealNetworks. ... Musicmatch is the former company (founded in 1997) that produces the Musicmatch Jukebox software. ...


Album sales

  • 2005 - American album sales in 2005 fell 7.8% from their 2004 peak. 618.9 million albums were sold, as opposed to 666.7 million in 2004. However, digital track downloads climbed 150% from 2004, and digital album downloads rose almost 200%. Also, the total number of music purchases went up 22.7%, breaking one billion for the first time. As this number includes individual track purchases, a more accurate estimate of total album purchases can be found using track equivalent albums (TEA), which means that 10 track downloads are counted as a single album. Using this, total album sales for 2005 are 654.1 million units, a 3.9% drop from 2004.[1]
  • 2006 - While overall album sales dipped 5% to 588.1 million units in 2006, the combined total with digital tracks reached nearly 1.2 billion units, a 20.8% increase from last year's 1 billion units of various music configurations. However, using TEA tallying, only 646.4 million units were sold, which in fact indicates a decrease in sales of 1.2%.[2]

Top-selling albums 1991-2006

(American Album Sales Only)

Artist Album Sales
(millions)
Shania Twain Come On Over 15,409,000
Metallica Metallica 14,820,000
Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill 14,513,000
Backstreet Boys Millennium 12,091,000
The Bodyguard Whitney Houston / Soundtrack 11,790,000
Santana Supernatural 11,588,000
Creed Human Clay 11,484,000
N'Sync No Strings Attached 11,099,000
The Beatles 1 10,821,000
Celine Dion Falling Into You 10,753,000
Britney Spears Baby One More Time 10,525,000
Hootie & The Blowfish Cracked Rear View 10,123,000
Titanic Soundtrack 10,096,000
Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys 10,091,000
Backstreet Boys Black And Blue 10,075,000
Eminem Marshall Mathers LP 10,010,000
Norah Jones Come Away With Me 9,960,000
Eminem Eminem Show 9,608,000
Garth Brooks Ropin' The Wind 9,570,000
Pearl Jam Ten 9,440,000
Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love 9,425,000
Usher Confessions 9,343,000
Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again 9,173,000
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory 9,078,000
Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend 9,041,000
Garth Brooks No Fences 9,008,000

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Backstreet Boys at the 2002 , Grammy Awards The Backstreet Boys are a Grammy-nominated male vocal pop group that enjoyed enormous success in the mid-late 1990s and 2000s. ... == Backstreet Boys == MILLENNIUM The Backstreet Boys are among the top-selling artists in the SoundScan era. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American pop and R&B singer, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Santana (originally the Santana Blues Band) is a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. ... Supernatural is a 1999 concept album by Santana. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Human Clay is an album by Creed released on September 28, 1999. ... *NSYNC is a five-part pop music vocal group, specifically a boy band, formed in Orlando, Florida, USA. The group members are James Lance Bass, Joshua Scott Chasez (JC), Joseph Anthony Fatone Junior (Joey), Christopher Alan Kirkpatrick (Chris), and Justin Randall Timberlake. ... No Strings Attached is a pop album by American boy band *NSYNC, released on March 21, 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... Falling Into You is Céline Dions fourth English album and twenty first in total. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... ...Baby One More Time also refers to the single of the same name. ... Hootie & the Blowfish are an American pop-rock band, originally formed at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Soni Sonefeld and Mark Bryan. ... Cracked Rear View is the debut album by Hootie & the Blowfish, released in 1994. ... Titanic is the soundtrack to the movie by the same name composed by James Horner. ... Backstreet Boys at the 2002 , Grammy Awards The Backstreet Boys are a Grammy-nominated male vocal pop group that enjoyed enormous success in the mid-late 1990s and 2000s. ... Backstreet Boys (1997) is the self titled debut album on the pop group of the 1990s and 2000s. ... Backstreet Boys at the 2002 , Grammy Awards The Backstreet Boys are a Grammy-nominated male vocal pop group that enjoyed enormous success in the mid-late 1990s and 2000s. ... Black And Blue is an album by The Rolling Stones and was released in 1976. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... The Marshall Mathers LP is the third full-length album from American rapper Eminem. ... Norah Jones (born Geethali Norah Jones Shankar on March 30, 1979 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and occasional actress. ... Come Away with Me is the debut album by pianist and singer Norah Jones, released in 2002 (see 2002 in music). ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... The Eminem Show is Eminems third album after signing to a major label, Aftermath Entertainment and the first album on Shady Records. ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Ropin the Wind is Garth Brooks third album, released in September 1991. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Singles from Ten Released: 1991 Released: 1992 Released: 1992 Released: 1992 Ten is the debut studio album of Seattle-based rock band Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1991 through Epic Records. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... Lets Talk About Love was the last English-language music album to be released by Canadian singer Céline Dion before her two year hiatus. ... Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), is an American R&B/pop singer and actor who rose to fame in the mid-late 1990s. ... The word Confessions has several meanings: Confessions is a series of books composed by St. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ... Oops!... I Did It Again is the second album from American pop music singer Britney Spears, released on May 16, 2000 on Jive Records. ... Linkin Park is a rock band from Agoura Hills, California. ... Special Edition Cover Special Edition cover Singles from Hybrid Theory Released: February 13, 2001 Released: May 1, 2001 Released: June 18, 2001 Released: November 20, 2001 Hybrid Theory is the debut album by the American nu metal band Linkin Park. ... Bob Marley Robert Nesta Marley (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981), better known as Bob Marley, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter and Rastafarian from the ghettos of Jamaica. ... Legend is a greatest hits collection of Bob Marley & The Wailers songs, released on May 8, 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... No Fences was released on August 27, 1990, and is American Country Music artist Garth Brooks second album. ...

References

  • "Album sales slump as downloads rise" by Ken Barnes, "USA Today", January 4, 2006, retrieved April 16, 2006
  • Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Nineties (ISBN 0-89820-137-3)

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Nielsen SoundScan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (471 words)
Nielsen SoundScan is an information system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett that tracks sales data for singles, albums, and music video products in Canada and the United States for Billboard and other music industry companies.
Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data for Billboard on March 1, 1991.
Sales data from cash registers is collected from 14,000 retail, mass merchant, and non-retail (online stores) outlets in Canada and the U.S. Though this includes all major brick-and-mortar retailers, it is not a 100% sample of record sales; it excludes music clubs as well as some independent retailers and online outlets.
Nielsen Soundscan To Report Digital Download Music Sales (307 words)
Nielsen SoundScan, has announced that effective July 2nd it began reporting permanent digital music downloads that are sold through online services including Apple, Pressplay, Listen.com, MusicNet and Liquid Audio.
Nielsen SoundScan will also debut a digital download tracks chart defined as songs purchased individually or as part of a retailer-defined bundle.
Nielsen SoundScan, a service of Nielsen Entertainment, is the source authority for retail music sales information.
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