Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has published its WIN Global Chart Report 2017, a document that provides the first ever global overview of chart reporting.
WIN, which represents the interests of the global independent music community, will update the report regularly as markets grow and change their chart reporting methodology.
The report uses data provided by WINTEL and the IFPI’s RIN, (including market value, population, internet penetration and indie/major market share split), alongside information provided by independent music trade associations from 28 countries, including markets such as China, Brazil, South Africa and America.
It gives a detailed breakdown of which charts are available in each country, information on specific rules such as how stream to download ratios are calculated, details about chart entry criteria and what the various national certification award thresholds are. It studies how various territories manage chart reporting and how success is measured.
Key findings include the fact that most developed markets appear to base their streaming conversion formulae on the UK version and that Sweden was the first country to include streaming in chart conversion. It also found little existence of official charts in China and that developed countries including Italy, Brazil and Poland are yet to incorporate streaming into their charts.
Alison Wenham, CEO of WIN said, “WIN Global Chart Report 2017 provides the first ever global overview of chart reporting, making available important market intelligence and insight. As the music industry evolves towards becoming a truly global marketplace it is vital that we have an in-depth understanding of how different territories collate sales information and measure success. This new study will also serve as a valuable tool in our ongoing mission to protect the interests of the global independent music community and to ensure fair access to markets and level playing fields for independent music around the world.”