Thursday, April 9, 2020

Spain’s albums chart on hold due to coronavirus sales impact | Music Ally

Spanish industry body Promusicae has announced that the albums chart in Spain is being put on hold, due to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on retail sales.

Important context: the Spanish albums chart is based on physical sales and downloads but not streams: there’s a separate chart for album streams.

Spain was one of the first European countries to go into lockdown, alongside Italy, and more than a month later, Promusicae has taken the decision to mothball the charts until things can start to return to normal and shops can open again.

Billboard spoke to Promusicae about this and it revealed that, when the Spanish government lifts restrictions on confinement, the top 100 album chart will return and will feature streaming data alongside download and physical sales. There is no indication yet on what conversion rates it will use for streams to have them sit alongside album purchases, either physically or as downloads. The standalone streaming albums chart will, however, continue to be published each week in Spain.

Stuart Dredge


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