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Nielsen SoundScan is an information system created by Nielsen Media Research 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. Nielsen Media Research (NMR) is a U.S. firm, headquartered in New York City, and operating primarily from Oldsmar, FL, which measures media audiences, including television, radio and newspapers. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... MTV (abbreviation for Music Television) is a cable television network which was originally devoted to music videos, especially popular rock music. ... VH1 (which originally stood for Video Hits 1) is an American cable television channel that was created in 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (then a division of Warner Communications). ...

Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data for Billboard on March 1, 1991. Previously, the Recording Industry Association of America tracked sales by calling stores across the U.S. and asking about sales. March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade group representing the U.S. recording industry. ...


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. A cash register or till (British English) is a mechanical or electronic device for calculating and recording sales transactions, and an attached cash drawer for storing currency. ...

A barcode is on the back of every CD or cassette. 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-B Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia encoded in the DataMatrix 2D barcode A barcode (also bar code) is a machine-readable representation of information in a visual format on a surface. ... CD may stand for: Compact Disc Canadian Forces Decoration Cash Dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) Certificate of Deposit České Dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s... A standard audio cassette Cassette may refer to: A small cartridge of some form. ...

Nielsen SoundScan clients include:

  • All major and most independent labels
  • Distribution companies
  • Artist managers, booking agents
  • Concert promoters, 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.

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. iTunes is a digital media player application, developed by Apple Computer, for playing and organizing digital music and video files. ... Art and literature In music, a rhapsody is an enthusiastic instrumental composition of indefinite form. ... Musicmatch is the former company (founded in 1997) that produces the Musicmatch Jukebox software. ...

2004 album sales

American album sales fared relatively well in 2004. Over 550 million albums were sold before December 2004, beating 2003's sales by nearly 2.8%. 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

The Billboard 200 is a listing of the 200 highest selling music albums in the United States, published weekly in Billboard magazine. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main U.S. singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is a list of #1 Hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ...

External links

  • Nielsen SoundScan official website

  Results from FactBites:
Register Product with Nielsen SoundScan (111 words)
Once a title is submitted to SoundScan, it can take up to 10-15 business days for it to be entered into the system.
Once entered, the title has the ability to be tracked by SoundScan.
Note: In order to find out if a title is already registered with SoundScan, you may contact Client Services by email at clientservices@soundscan.com (If emailed please include the full UPC code), or call us at (914) 684-5525.
Lessons from SoundScan - 12/16/2002 - Publishers Weekly (1076 words)
When the CD hit the racks in record stores, SoundScan reported a strong first week, with nearly 6,000 sales, buoyed by a healthy amount of radio airplay; the second week was good as well, with sales of around 4,000; by week three, the figure had dipped to 2,700, and radio play had barely increased.
SoundScan has attempted to remedy these omissions by extrapolating sales from participating stores, but plenty of music nonetheless slips through the wide gap.
But looking to the music industry, it is important to note that in the era of SoundScan, CBS Records may never have stuck with Bruce Springsteen for the years it took him to connect with a large audience; he didn't realize major commercial success until the release of his third album, Born to Run.
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