Talk:Nielsen SoundScan

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"jobs Friday"[edit]

Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data for Nielsen since March 1, 1991 (jobs Friday).

What is "jobs Friday"? I couldn't find any mention of it anywhere else. Consider deleting. --140.247.0.72 (talk) 06:02, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

"official method"[edit]

"Soundscan is the official method of tracking sales of music and music video" -- What does this mean? Some public office has endorsed its use? Perhaps "de facto standard method" would make more sense... — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.123.14.50 (talk) 16:54, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Where is this about?[edit]

There's no indication of where this system operates, till we suddenly read: Nielsen SoundScan also tracks sales data for singles and albums in Canada as well. I tentatively infer that what precedes this refers to the US. Can somebody knowledgable about this (not me!) rewrite less ambiguously? Thanks. -- Hoary 04:41, 18 September 2005 (UTC)

Accessing the data[edit]

is there any way to access this data like you can with RIAA gold/platinum stats? Dr. Trey 11:13, 21 March 2006 (UTC)

I would also like to know this. ИΞШSΜΛЯΞ 03:14, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
Yes this article says nothing referring to how this information is extracted from Nielsen. I'll put a stub at top of article, hopefully someone can find out this information. I am having problems locating this answer via google. Hackajar 08:14, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

Thousands or decimal separators?[edit]

The commas in the Top Selling Albums section are a bit ambiguous... A decimal would make more sense considering that it concerns American album sales only, but that's just my opinion. D'Agosta 21:01, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Those below the 10th listing are fictional[edit]

There is no referencing to show where this data came from, and therefore the list is presenting figures as facts. Although it is a forum so cannot be referenced, the following shows a breakdown of sales per annum [[1]] till 2007 and ties in closely to previous charts and press releases from Soundscan since 1999. Refer Best-selling albums in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan tracking began where you can see the albums shunted off the bottom. Therefore this data should be removed. At the moment I will add a dispute and citation required to the page, but unless references are added - it needs to go. 60.234.242.196 (talk) 21:45, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

Removed as 2008 data has came out (top 10 only) 60.234.242.196 (talk) 07:09, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

any studies on how Soundscan changed the industry?[edit]

Anyone know if there are any studies or articles on how Soundscan actually transformed the industry, in terms of promotion and charts? It seems to have eliminated a major source of chart fraud, and "alternative music" such as Nirvana's Nevermind suspiciously exploded onto the charts precisely after the Billboard Hot 100 Soundscan transition. In fact I read something in a Nirvana book (by Azerrad, I think) about how promoters used Soundscan data to get "Teen Spirit" playlisted - they'd phone the stations, note that the station had already added (e.g.) Def Leppard, and then point out that Nevermind was blowing away Def Leppard in local sales. I would suspect someone somewhere must have done a fantastic study of the transformative impact of Soundscan on the industry, esp. promotion and charts. Any idea? AllGloryToTheHypnotoad (talk) 14:08, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Hey! Found some articles on the topic:
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/record-numbers-how-soundscan-has-changed-the-landscape/Content?oid=887500
http://books.google.ca/books?id=BIp60FGwMK4C&pg=PT22&lpg=PT22&dq=soundscan+%22alternative+music%22&source=bl&ots=2WiE_hzOZw&sig=SuGHB3ODGGuVPwBVOLheRaOUr7o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=wwITVKXCGIKKyATbpoCQAQ&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=soundscan%20%22alternative%20music%22&f=false
AllGloryToTheHypnotoad (talk) 14:30, 12 September 2014 (UTC)