Frequently asked questions about reporting to Soundscan and other IndieHitMaker services.

Charting on Billboard FAQ

  • How do I know if I get on the charts?

    Artists are notified directly by IHM when they chart on either SoundScan or Billboard. Keep in mind Billboard only reports the top 50 or less in many charts.

  • Do my digital sales get counted along with the physical sales reported through IHM?

    As long as your digital tracks (and their accompanying ISRC codes) are associated to the same UPC code as the physical media, all sales will be aggregated through Soundscan and count towards your eligibility to chart on Billboard. If a different UPC was used either when distributing your tracks to online stores via a digital aggregator such as CD baby, Reverbnation, Tunecore, etc or your CD manufacturer provided a different UPC code for your physical media, include all of these UPC codes when entering your titles when setting up your account or contact IHM to have your UPC codes merged. This will assure all sales will be counted towards your title charting.

  • What Billboard Charts do I qualify for?

    Artists can hit the following charts using our services. Please note only Dropkick paid artists can get on the Billboard charts.

    Billboard Singles Sales:
    – Hot Singles Sales
    – R&B/Hip-Hop singles

    Billboard Album & EP Sales:
    – Heatseekers National & Regional
    – Album Genre charts (Note: Billboard decides your genre)
    – Alternative Albums
    – Independent Albums
    – Top Album Sales
    – Top Current Albums
    – Top 200 & 100 (Note: These consumption charts require sales in the  thousands of units per week along with album equivalent streams)

    BuzzAngle Media Outlets:
    As featured in these media outlets and more:
    – Pollstar
    – MusicWeek
    – A2IM
    – Hypebot
    – MusicBiz
    – and  more

    BuzzAngle has the ability to generate over 250,000 unique charts each reporting week, learn how to customize your own charts here
    – Album Charts
    – Song Charts
    – Artist Charts
    – Direct-to-fan Sales
    – Venue Sales


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