Understanding: Worldwide Estimations Information

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I can go on with additional cases like Finland and their shipment certifications looking like retail sales and Korea and their format separations. Undeniably, national charts aren’t properly aligned. The conclusion to come away with is that taking various figures completely different in their nature and adding them with no adjustment is just wrong. When I first started this blog I pointed out how collecting raw data wasn’t enough, that it is needed to add an analysis layer. Countless sites collect data, but that analysis layer is still very poorly covered. I hope this article will provide some assistance in order to reach that understanding and ultimately get more accurate statistics.

In the meantime, the below table summarizes the main differences of previously mentioned countries’ figures.

*Yes since 3 weeks
**Poland system pre-08/2015

Each and every time you read a sales number, my suggestion is for you to do the exercise of identifying all those parameters for the said figure. If that sounds too painful to do, well, you still have CSPC articles that erases all those problems to settle with consistent and comprehensive totals!

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Billboard, OCC, Oricon, RIAJ, UKMix, Haven, SNEP, Charts In France, IFPI.DE, ZPAV, Media Control GFK, Promusicae, IFPI.SE, Mediatraffic.


11 thoughts on “Understanding: Worldwide Estimations Information”

  1. Now double album in Poland is counted like one album. So double album will require 10,000 units shipped to be awarded a Gold plaque.

  2. In Sweden the album certifications also include individual track downloads.
    Source: http://www.ifpi.se/wp-content/uploads/Guld-och-Platina-guide-ver2-20115.pdf

    Swedish text translated into English by using Google translator:
    “Rules for releases from January 1, 2010
    Rules for certificate – Album
    For album titled Y, the following are included:
    1. Sale of different versions of physical albums Y.
    2. Download bundle corresponding first
    3. For an artist albums: Download / streaming of tracks from the album under 2. crediting
    may take place regardless of whether they played / downloaded from the single, album or collection. Only Downloads / Streaming made no earlier than six months before the album’s release date may be counted.
    4. compilation / “Best of” (non-artist album): Download / streaming of tracks made from the specific album, from its release date may be counted.
    5. For individual Downloads / Streaming under 3, they may only be credited to the
    an artist album.”


  3. Hi Dear MJD !!!

    congratulations again for the website and also for Understanding: Worldwide Estimations Information.
    I would just like to know if this week you will analyze some group such as the Rolling Stones or singer such as David Bowie for example !!!

  4. Hello dear MJD !!!

    I Just wanted to know if this week you will analyze CSPC analysis some singer or group or this week is the opening of the Holiday season ?

  5. Hi MJD,

    I agree that Mediatraffic is not very precise but when you want to know more or less estimations of sales, it’s the only website where we can refer
    But your article is very clear and I agree with you

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