Chart Changes For New Global Release Date
On Friday July 10, 2015, the new global release date for music went live, where all new albums and tracks will be released on the same Friday globally. This change is referred to as New Music Fridays.
Beginning today, Music Canada’s top albums and tracks charts, which are based on Nielsen SoundScan’s sales reports, will be updated Monday mornings to reflect the new Friday to Thursday sales cycle.
Prior to last week’s switchover, Nielsen’s charts released every Wednesday reported a Monday to Sunday sales cycle, which were reflected in the weekly top 20 albums and tracks charts posted Wednesday mornings on Music Canada’s homepage. On Wednesday July 8, the last charts based solely on the Tuesday release schedule were archived on Music Canada’s website.
For more information on how New Music Fridays will effect Billboard, radio and other retail, visit Nielsen’s post on their website. The images below have been provided by Nielsen to outline the switchover.