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What is Chart Registration and why do I need it?

What is Chart Registration and why do I need it?

Ditto Music have had 11 top 40 singles in the UK and other successes in Ireland. This is due to our releases not only being chart eligible but also chart registered, a service which any artist is entitled to at Ditto Music.

But how does it work?

  • Every release is assigned two types of codes
    • a barcode for the product as a whole and ISRC [International Standard Recording Codes] for the individual tracks.
  • Stores will use these codes to track and report sales of releases to chart companies like the Official Charts Company in the UK and Billboard in the USA. (These are the companies that populate the music charts)
  • However if your release is not registered with them then when the stores report they wont have your data on file to allocate sales to. Meaning, that you will still get your royalties but if you sell enough you will not be listed in the charts.

Therefore to have a top 20 Album or single you need two things:

  1. To Be Chart Eligible - Selling your music on chart reporting stores like iTunes
  2. To Be Chart Registered - Have each of your releases registered with the Chart companies

Artists can miss these opportunities, so by ensuring your releases are registered by the chart team at Ditto

you can then work on your marketing and hopefully week one will lead to a top chart placement for you.

Also don’t forget that by being chart registration you can get all your sales figures within your first week from the team at Ditto, including territory, daily trends, mid weeks and final chart week sales. You can read more here.