Understanding: Worldwide Estimations Information

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VII) The case of Poland

Polish figures will be German-like figures, in that they refer to certifications only. I listed it separately to highlight one more trap, the multiple discs factor.

Just like the US, Canada and Brazil, Poland used to certify albums per disc rather than per album. In other words, when a simple CD album required 10,000 units shipped to be awarded a Gold plaque, a double album was only needing 5,000 copies sold to receive the same certification.

In August 2015, ZPAV fully revamped their certifications to include new formats, mostly streaming, and used the opportunity to remove this multi-discs rule. This updated system is similar to the one of the RIAA adding both singles sales and streaming into album certifications. The main difference though is the factor, while in the US 1500 streams is equal to 1 album, in Poland they fixed the formula on 2500 streams = 1 album. The 10 to 1 download singles to albums ratio is the same in both countries.

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  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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