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Seth Keller

Artists have been gaming this system for years. Typically, though, it's some band on a van tour reporting they sold 50 CDs when they only sold 35. Unless Adele and Taylor Swift are juking the stats on their venue sales, I don't know what Billboard/Nielsen are so up in arms about.

Beyond that, Soundscan is becoming less relevant by the day as is Billboard's Top 200 chart. Most real career artists who make money touring are typically not on major labels (even if they once were) and operate in an ecosystem in which ticket and merch sales count much more than CD sales in the struggle for sustainability, audience share and financial gain.

If this fan signature policy is implemented, it'll guarantee fewer CDs are sold and fewer fans are made and maintained. If I'm in band, I'd forgo venue Soundscan entirely rather than make my fans jump through ridiculous hoops like this.

Nikki Tesla

Fuck Billboard and SoundScan both.


Why would anyone pay $500 (that only lasts for the year) so they can be told what medium their music has to be sold in to count, that even though they're selling music (which is extremely hard nowadays) it only counts if it was sold somewhere only Billboard permits? These are all factors that hinder musicians being successful and NOT helping them. It's pretty much a bad deal all around. It's obvious that these rule and paperwork changes were designed with smaller, indie artists in mind, but I don't see any benefits except that Billboard hopes to pull in a little extra from these yearly fees. All in all, this actually seems pretty selfish AND backwards thinking by Billboard. It smells of DES-PER-A-TION.

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Keith Stancil

In the new era of the music biz, it more important than ever that we capture venue sales. After al, Soundscan was designed to give us a true picture of what's actually selling. Remember how country artists took over the charts & received recognition they deserved when Soundscan was introduced? We might be surprised by the top selling artists at venues. Maybe Soundscan should introduce a venue sales chart?

Surely Soundcan could find a partner like, Square, Cardreader or Bump to create an app to easily capture customer info!

Rita R.

Great article! It's very interesting how to make the sales officially count in the sales report, people buying cds will have to sign a sheet verifying the purchase.

Rita R.

Jenny S.

Great article! I'll be sure to pass this along!

http://www.nirvaha.com/sales-statements.html>Jenny Standish

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