Understanding: Worldwide Estimations Information

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V) The case of France

The French charts have always been messy. Full of typos and mistakes, they have also been severely lacking consistency. Today, it is near impossible to know what is the real official album chart. SNEP and Chartsinfrance both post distinct rankings as they were the official ones. All of them are valid, using the same official provider, but it is very unclear as to which methodology ranking is being considered as the main chart.

Both rankings are a mix of the US and the UK rankings. One of them is a pure album sales chart, just like its US counterpart. The other adds streaming to the mix while ignoring download track sales, just like the UK chart, although it does so with a different calculation. That latter is more favorable to streaming as plays are divided by 1000 instead of 1500, which inflates French album sales in comparison to the US or the UK figures. Once again, we are adding apples and oranges. The worst is likely the singles chart which sees download sales converted into streaming plays rather than the opposite, going against the method used in every other country.

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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