Global indies body WIN is publishing a new report focusing on charts around the world.
It’s called the ‘WIN Global Chart Report 2017’, and draws on data from the body’s own WINTEL research as well as the IFPI’s Recording Industry in Numbers report, and data from 28 local trade associations.
Author Henriette Heimdal studied how the charts are calculated in each country covered by the new report.
Among her findings: many countries are basing their formula for comparing streams to sales on the UK’s chart methodology – 100 or 150 streams to one track download is common; that some countries are using more complicated approaches to prevent one-hit wonders topping the album charts – for example averaging out the top two tracks from an album; and that there’s “little or no appetite” in China for official charts, but that the rankings published by individual social media services are influential with fans.
WIN boss Alison Wenham has recently spoken out about her concerns with charts, and their incorporation of streams.
“The decisions that have been made over the last year and a half have favoured the majors’ business model at the expense of independents,” she told Music Ally for our end-of-2016 report. WIN’s new report is available from its website.