8 Official Data Which Are Just False

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The world of charts and sales has always been a tricky jigsaw. It now also requires to sort accurate information from made-up claims. Definitely, social media made it wild. Fanatics and trolls have been spreading fake information more than ever. This led us to be mad about official data, regarding it as the be-all and end-all of our sources. The issue is that official doesn’t necessarily mean accurate!

Obviously, receipts claimed to be official often aren’t. For many, it is all very confusing, in part because of Wikipedia-like websites which assume that every data identified on newspapers is valid. Clearly, it is untrue and even a source like the Billboard isn’t an official source. In fact, they report sales figures, they don’t produce them. Instead, their sources are organizations like Soundscan or industry representatives. Don’t get me wrong, the Billboard is a wonderful magazine and they do a great job. It’s simply that they don’t sell music by themselves nor do they account for sales. Thus, they too depend on the accuracy of their first-hand sources. I’ll still use one example from them in this post to show explicitly how to interpret their articles correctly.

Except for this case, figures pointed out in this article are purely official. The BPI, Amprofon, ARIA, FIMI and EMI among others are responsible for official though inaccurate data. Learn how this is all possible and how to avoid the traps!

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Calvin

So did “Reputation” sell around 3 million copies during 2017 or to date?

isaiah

So on the last page, you stated that many people are skeptical about Mariah Carey’s two diamond certifications but never went further into detail into that. Would you mind explaining why people have this perception/skepticism about her certifications?

Raffi

Hi Isaiah! If you didn’t know, Mariah’s 2 US diamond-certified albums (Music Box and Daydream) are on around 7,3m and 7,7m respectively on SoundScan. As for BMG club sales, both albums are on 735K and 848K respectively, leading to a total of around 8 million for Music Box and 8,5 million for Daydream. Obviously, sales from other avenues (eg. unscanned copies, Columbia House club sales etc.) weren’t factored in, but many people thought the a gap of 1,5-2 million was too large, with some completely unaware of the importance of club sales, thus leading to the false conclusion that both… Read more »

RLAAMJR.

You are so right with the OCC’s new rules. So wrong.

Anyway, I did share this article on twitter to both OCC and USBillboard and hashtags most of the companies you have mentioned on this article. They need to know their mistakes.

Winston1968

About the best selling albums list in UK, you’re definitely right. The mistakes of the OCC are obvious and admitted by more and more people who are interested by this question. Sgt. Pepper at 5.4 million in UK ? Come on… (I am a huge Beatles fan, but not blind…). The worst – “errare humanum est, diabolicum perseverare” – is their decision to maintain their numbers, even if they know (and they can’t ignore it) that they are false… Are they scared to seem ridiculous ? I would like to know your own list Top 10, 20, 50 ?…) of… Read more »

ILFMUSIC

Great!And Riaa also many fake cer

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