What is your user agreement?

To read our user agreement, click here.

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


Can I report online sales from my website or online store?

Yes! We now report all digital download and internet web mail order sales from your official website or online store included with your account at no extra charge. To get online sales reporting set up, first register and then contact us by phone 877.994.6446 or email

Can I report sales outside of the US? What about Hawaii and Puerto Rico?

Soundscan counts sales from within the Unites States only. This includes Hawaii, Puerto Rico and certain US colonies outside of the contiguous United States. If you are uncertain whether a venue site is eligible please contact IHM at least two (2) weeks prior to the event for confirmation.

What if I want my label name to appear in Soundscan reports & charts?

PolyPlat Records serves as the parent label to all Indiehitmaker artists. Since Soundscan no longer recognizes sub labels, all titles are registered under the parent label name by default. Those artists or labels reporting through IHM wanting recognition within Soundscan must complete a joint label registration at time of sign up to assure their label name appears in Soundscan reports and charts.   Joint Label Registration

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.

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.

When will my sales appear on SoundScan reports?

With the changes from Global Release Date, Soundscan reports are now released on Tuesday, appear on the Billboard Charts the same and published in the magazine the second Saturday thereafter. Reporting deadlines have changed accordingly for venue, digital and internet web mail order which can be found on our artist support page available after you register.
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Are there any restrictions to the types of venues eligible for live venue reporting?

Yes. Nielsen Soundscan will not process sales that occurred at Libraries, YMCAs, malls, campgrounds, public and private schools, offices, lawn and house concerts are all ineligible venue sites. If you are uncertain whether a venue site is eligible please contact IHM at least two (2) weeks prior to the event for confirmation.

Although you can now report all church & religious facility sales directly through indiehitmaker, if you are performing at a CMTA affiliated venue, get more info here:

Can I report download card sales at my live shows?

Yes. As long as the download card does not offer any extras at time of download (i.e. exclusive unreleased track, etc.) you can report the sale of a single, EP or album at your live performances through our Chartbuster Program.

About IHM

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