What is SoundScan, why does it matter, and how do I register with it?


 
  SoundScan is a tracking system operated by the ACNielsen, that tracks sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Any music product that carries a UPC or EAN barcode and ISRC code is eligible to be tracked by SoundScan. According to their website, “Sales data from point-of-sale cash registers is collected weekly from over 14,000 retail, mass merchant and non-traditional (on-line stores, venues, etc.) outlets. Weekly data is compiled and made available every Wednesday. Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts.”

In order to have a chance at making the Billboard music charts, any release must be registered with SoundScan using UPC number (for the whole album) and ISRC codes (for the individual tracks). Without registration, the sales figures will not be counted, and will remain invisible to the system.

At the time of this FAQ’s publication, SoundScan registration is still free of charge.

Please note, that BEFORE registering with SoundScan, you must obtain your ISRC and UPC Codes.

Only after you have your codes purchased, you can start the registration of your album and tracks.

Album RegistrationTrack(s) Registration
Here you will have to enter the UPC/EAN Code of your album, label details, and release information.

You will notice that the fields “Label:” and “Distribution Company:” are marked as required. We have spoken to SoundScan about the fact that many of our independent artists do NOT have a label and/or a distribution company. In that case, SoundScan would like you to write the word “Independent” in those fields.

Most people are confused by the “Config Detail Type” field under the "Add New UPC/EAN Code" section of the form. Remember, you can associate one UPC/EAN Code with one type of product, for example with a CD Album, or with a Digital Album for download. So, if you want both your products (CD and Digital Album) to be registered in SoundScan, you will need 2 different UPC/EAN Codes.

It is important to know that here you will need BOTH the ISRC Code for the track you are registering AND the UPC/EAN Code of the album or single associated with this track. You should make a separate registration for each track you want to register.

SoundScan would like you to use the UPC you assigned to your Complete Album Download version of your album - NOT the UPC from the physical Audio CD version - on their ISRC registration form.

If only have a CD version of your album and DO NOT plan to release your album as a Complete Album Download then you would only have the one UPC Code on the CD itself. SoundScan does make an exception in this case and will allow you to use CD's UPC Code on their ISRC registration form.

http://titlereg.soundscan.com/soundscantitlereg/ http://titlereg.soundscan.com/soundscantitlereg/registerisrc.aspx
 
 

Remember, that BEFORE registering with SoundScan, you must first obtain your ISRC and UPC Codes by clicking "Order Now".




       



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