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  • bmo8 - RIAA + Soundscan include albums bought from concerrts. RIAA akways did as it tracks shipments. Soundscan use not - but does now.

    Satchmo76 - Youtube not included in OCC or SS sales/streaming. Don't know why.

    Can anyone tell me, roughly, what proportion of #1 album or single, in the UK comes from streams?

    So even All Time Charts and Certifications for UK include streams.
    Streams are not sales.

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    • ^Thank you!

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      • When did the UK Single and UK Album charts started to incorporate real sales?

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        • Originally posted by WolfSpear
          When did the UK Single and UK Album charts started to incorporate real sales?
          February 1969. Prior to that the various charts that appeared in the music press were compiled by using best sellers lists from the record stores that contributed to each individual chart.

          In February 1969 the record industry launched the first chart to be based on actual over the counter sales though for many years the amount of record stores that provided sales data was small. In 1969 it was just 300 stores each week, 500 by the end of the 1970s and 1,000 or so by the end of the 1980s. The first chart to be compiled from sales data from just about every store that sold records wasn't until April 1997.

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          • Re: FAQs about Charts/Sales/Certifications

            ^ On that point, it occurs to me that it'll be the 50th anniversary of the actual 'official' British charts next month, but what's the betting OCC will remain silent about this significant milestone, as they retrospectively insist on dating the official chart back to November 1952, entirely without foundation in reality. That's the anniversary of the publication of the first singles chart of any kind in the UK, but official it was not. It would probably be something of a shock to most music and chart fans in this country that it wasn't until April 1997 that we finally got a listing based on almost the entire market.

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            • Hello
              very often publish charts based on ITunes sales. but it is interesting to find out how much, for example, the number of tracks sold in Brazil or Russia or Vietnam.

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              • A question about "gold", "platinum", etc. When the number of units required for such a certification changes, does the multiplier for a pre-existing certified album also change? Like, if an album is five-times platinum, and then threshold for platinum is halved, does that album suddenly become ten-times platinum? Or does it remain five-times platinum, with only further platinum multiples adhering to the new rule?
                Last edited by johnboy3434; Sat January 11th, 2020, 00:17.

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