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Where to Find Neilson SoundScan Data?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I am wondering if there is someplace on the web that publishes the soundscan reports that Neilson puts out. I am interested in seeing record sales as well as digital track sales.
post #2 of 12
No. It's a subscription service available to the record companies only. Occasionally you might see a post in Billboard that is released by the record company but in general that is not information that the general public can see.



/has a friend who runs a SoundScan report every week!
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by archosman
/has a friend who runs a SoundScan report every week!
Who?

I thought it might be an industry only thang. Is the data only available to record company's or is it up for retail to whomever is willing to shell out the cash? I doubt I would be able to afford it but the information would be so terably interresting, especialy since Napster & iTunes don't reliese much information about how much, or what they are selling.
post #4 of 12
Well, it's probably a quite expensive report, so if you're willing to pay that much for it, I think Nielsen assumes you're in the industry. I don't think anyone subscribes just because it's "interesting".

Where I work, we have access to Arbitron data for, but it costs the station an arm and a leg.
post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by PTheD
Who?

I thought it might be an industry only thang. Is the data only available to record company's or is it up for retail to whomever is willing to shell out the cash? I doubt I would be able to afford it but the information would be so terably interresting, especialy since Napster & iTunes don't reliese much information about how much, or what they are selling.

It's veeeeeeery expensive. Most independent labels can't afford it... only the big boys. It's tracked through retail but I don't think the retail stores know how many units on a certain cd is sold.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by archosman
It's veeeeeeery expensive. Most independent labels can't afford it... only the big boys. It's tracked through retail but I don't think the retail stores know how many units on a certain cd is sold.
So are we talking $100 a week? $1,000? More?
post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by PTheD
So are we talking $100 a week? $1,000? More?
Oh yeah... a lot more. I'll call my friend and ask him. I believe it's in the hundreds of thousands per quarter... but don't hold me to that. You have to have alot of capital to subscribe to the service.
post #8 of 12
Here's the official response from my friend who does it for a living...

The major label groups pay hundreds of thousands per year for the unlimited
access. They have other options, but it's generally pretty expensive. If
someone is seriously interested they need to call Soundscan to get a
quote--it's part of Nielsen (you know, the TV ratings people...)
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hundreds of thousands of dollars a year huh. Sounds like I am just going to have to rely on press releases and the numbers on the RIAA's website which are two years old.
post #10 of 12

Speaking of which, below is the latest. I've been following those reports for a decade, and trying to get more data for about as long. Definitely some of those most jealously, and successfully guarded data I've ever heard of! 

 

2010 Report came out Thursday. I'm also sharing some historical data from old reports for perspective. If anyone can provide the missing data for 1999 sales, please respond! And, I've been asking this every year to no avail, but hey, maybe this is the lucky one. If anyone has a Billboard or Nielsen subscription, pretty please share the top 100-200 sellers of the year?

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110106006565/en/Nielsen-Company-Billboard%E2%80%99s-2010-Music-Industry-Report

Top Ten [U.S.] Selling Albums
1. Recovery/ Eminem 3,415,000
2. Need You Now/ Lady Antebellum3,089,000
3. Speak Now/ Taylor Swift 2,960,000
4. My World 2.0/ Justin Bieber 2,319,000
5. The Gift/ Susan Boyle 1,852,000
6. Fame/ Lady Gaga 1,591,000
7. Soldier Of Love/ Sade 1,300,000
8. Thank Me Later/ Drake 1,269,000
9. Raymond V Raymond/ Usher 1,183,000
10. Animal/ Ke$ha 1,143,000

#1 Selling Albums
2010 Eminem - Recovery 3,415,000
2009 Taylor Swift - Fearless 3,217,000
2008 Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III 2,874,000
2007 Josh Groban - Noel 3,699,000
2006 High School Musical 3,719,071
2005 Mariah Carey - Emancipation of Mimi 4,968,606
2004 Usher - Confessions 7,978,594
2003 50 Cent - Get Rich Or Die Tryin' 6,535,809
2002 Eminem - The Eminem Show 7,807,925
2001 Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory 4,812,852
2000 NSYNC - No Strings Attached 9,936,104
1999 Backstreet Boys - Millenium 9,445,732
1998 Titanic Soundtrack 9,338,061
1997 Spice Girls - Spice 5.3
1996 Alanis Morisette - Jagged Lil Pill 7.38
1995 Hootie - Cracked Rear View Mirror 7
1994 The Lion King Soundtrack 10
1993 The Bodyguard Soundtrack 11,376,951
1992 Billy Ray Cyrus - Some Gave All 4,832,000
1991 Garth Brooks - Ropin' The Wind 4

U.S. Album Sales
2010 443.4 million
2009 489.8
2008 535.4
2007 584.9
2006 646.4
2005 654.1
2004 680.7
2003 687
2002 693
2001 763
2000 785
1998 711
1997 652

Digital Album Sales
2010 86.3 million
2009 76.4
2008 65.8
2007 50.0
2006 32.6
2005 16.2
2004 5.5

Digital Track Sales
2010 1,172 million
2009 1,159
2008 1,070
2007 844.2
2006 581.9
2005 352.7
2004 140.9
2003 19.2

Total LP Album Sales
2010 2.8 million
2009 2.5
2008 1.88
2007 .99

Interesting bits: Zac Brown Band was the #9 top selling artist with 1,824,000 units sold. I never heard of 'em! "California Gurls" by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg was top selling digital song, at 4,398,000. Maybe I should give it a listen. Taio Cruz has two songs in the top ten. The XX - XX was the #10 selling vinyl album at 10,200, just behind Dark Side Of The Moon, heh. Lady Antebellum sold the most physical albums with Need You Now at 2,707,000 units

post #11 of 12

great info

post #12 of 12

It is sad that music sales are on a all time low. However, I think it also a fault of record labels for overcharging albums for so long and a significant decrease in production quality of most new album released in major record labels. 

 

But the current trend is as ever there is no shortage of music or entertainers in the business.

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