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BILLBOARD REVEALS NEW CHART RULES

Today we talk about the big topic, Billboard reveals new chart rules and what it means for up and coming artists as well as well know recording artists who either buy YouTube views or buy SoundCloud plays. Billboard has announced changes to the rules of its considerations for the Billboard 200, Hot 100.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT

The announcement made today (July 14) comes as the outlet tries to rectify how sales are counted with respect to album bundles. Album bundles constitute the sale of an album alongside merchandise and concert tickets, as well as instant digital sales attached to purchases of physical albums received at a later date, all done in order to boost sales.

UNDER NEW RULES

Under new rules, Billboard will eliminate the counting of album bundles on its album and song charts entirely. Read Billboard‘s full report here. The rules also state that albums bundled with any type of additional merchandise music be “promoted as an add-on in order” to be counted on the official charts.

SALES OF PHYSICAL ALBUMS

Furthermore, sales of physical albums or singles bundled with a digital download will no longer count towards a digital sale, only counted toward the chart once a physical copy is dispatched According to Billboard, these changes are being implemented to address concerns that the charts “do not reflect the conscious purchasing intentions of consumers”, and to “level the playing field for all artists”.

THREE MAJOR CHANGES

In January, Billboard announced three major changes to its bundling rules, including the requirement that merchandise sold separately must be lower in price than bundles inclusive of the album. Today’s announcement supersedes these previously instated rules, Billboard now saying that those measures “have fallen short of the intended goal of accurately reflecting consumer intent”.

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