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20 Feb, 19 tweets, 3 min read
pls read the thread and rt! this is a thread on how some of the billboard charts work

physicals = the actual physical album itself purchased through weverse, target, etc
digitals = the album w just the songs stored onto your device purchased through iTunes, txt official shop, Amazon music, etc
album sales = physicals + digitals combined
terminology continued:

streaming equivalent albums (SEA) = certain # of streams counts as 1 album unit

track equivalent albums (TEA) = the purchase of 10 tracks (either diff tracks or the same track) individually counts as 1 album unit
tracking week = the time period where an artist’s album sales and stream data will be tracked for charting. begins from Friday 12am est to Thursday 11:59pm est (friday 2pm kst to friday 1:59pm kst)
BB200 (main album chart):

based on album sales (physical + digital) and streams within the US. fans outside the US cannot help an album chart on bb200

for digitals: buying title track and then completing the album on iTunes is the method to help chart on bb200 (NOT TEA)
bb200 cont:

for digitals cont: US/PR moas can purchase digital albums on txt us shop too; 4 albums per transaction is the limit. for ex, buying 4 digital albums at once will count as 4 album units. buying 5 will count as a bulk sale and will then count as only 1 unit.
bb200 cont:

digitals cont: pls use diff credit cards / payment methods for every 4 transactions otherwise your digital purchases will be seen as bulk purchases and will not count
bb200 cont:

for physicals: only albums that get shipped out during tracking week or albums that are bought in person during tracking week will be counted. just ordering within tracking week does not guarantee tht it will get shipped out within that tracking week and be counted
bb200 cont:

streams: counts US/PR streams on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, etc. SEA: 1,250 premium streams = 1 album unit and 3,750 free streams = 1 album unit. this is why we urge to get free premium trials on all streaming platforms during cb season
Hot 100 (song chart):

based on song sales [physicals (if there is a physical album) and digital song sales], radioplay, and streams within the US. again, fans outside the US cannot help charting a song on hot 100
hot 100 cont:

we still have a long way to go but hopefully when we come to the day where we can aim for hot 100 for digitals: TEA is the preferred method to buy on iTunes. u can buy the song that we’re aiming to chart on hot 100 as many times to boost the song’s sales
hot 100 cont:

physicals: buying guideline is the same as bb200 if there is a physical album. buying the physical album will go towards bb200 but also hot100 since the song that we’d be aiming to chart on hot 100 is in the album
hot 100 cont:

streams: same as bb200

radioplay: how much the song is played on the radio. US companies may push for radioplay, fans can try requesting radio stations to play, radio stations also look at streaming platforms ie shazam to see what songs ppl are interested in
other charts:

bubbling under hot 100:
same guidelines as hot 100, ranks the top 25 songs under #100
other charts:

billboard global 200 (song chart): based on digital sales and streams worldwide (200 territories). for this streams and digital sales outside of the US/PR will count!! again SEA applies and premium streams weigh more than free streams
other charts cont:

billboard global excl US: same thing as billboard global 200 but excludes US streams and digital sales (indicator of how well a song does outside of the US)
we’ve never charted on bb global 200 or bb global excl us so that could be a thing imoas outside of the US/PR can work on for tcc. US/PR moas also need funds to chart higher on bb200 so pls donate if u can
there are a lot more bb charts ie top album sales, top current albums, world digital song sales etc but we’re doing well in them and for us/pr moas bb200 is basically our main focus

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