What do the different acronyms mean?

What do the different acronyms mean?

Acronyms, Terms, and Definitions:
  1. Ad Supported Streams = Streams from a DSP that offer a free service
  2. Airplay Chart Week = Monday → Sunday
  3. ATD = Activity to Date
  4. Audience = Number of people that heard a Spin on terrestrial/satellite radio (measured by first quarter hour)
  5. Building Week = The current week, up to date, for which daily data is included (all providers may not be reported)
  6. Catalog music = More than 18 months since release date
  7. % CHG = Percentage change from LW to TW
  8. CMA = Census Metropolitan Area (Canada)
  9. Core Genre = 1:1 each song has 1 core genre in our systems
  10. Current music = Less than 18 months since release date
  11. Daily Data = Always two days behind
  12. DMA - Designated Market Area
  13. DSP = Digital Service Provider (i.e. Spotify, Tidal)
  14. EAN = European Article Number. The European version of an UPC code and is 1 digit (13) longer. 
  15. Equivalents = The number of audio/video streams that equal 1 album unit
  16. Genre = Billboard genre assigned to a song
    1. Core Genre is 1:1 - each song has 1 core genre in our systems
    2. Genre is a Billboard classification. S song can have multiple genres to chart in multiple areas (example: Taylor Swift charts on both Pop and Country charts, so she has two genres assigned)
  17. ISRC = International Standard Recording Code, the unique identifier assigned to a recording
  18. LP = Last Period (Last chart week)
  19. LW = Last Week
  20. On-Demand Streams = From DSPs providing an interactive experience (user chooses what they listen to)
  21. Premium Streaming = Streaming from DSPs with a paid subscription model
  22. Programmed Streams = From DSPs that don't provide an interactive experience (content is pushed to consumer)
  23. Release Date = Song/Album date of release
  24. RTD = Release to Date (used in sales chart)
  25. Sales & Consumption Chart Week = Friday → Thursday
    1. Weekly data will be... “Week Ending [Thursday date]”
  26. SEA = Streaming Equivalent Albums
  27. SES = Stream Equivalent Songs
  28. Spin = A play on satellite or terrestrial radio
  29. TEA = Track Equivalent Albums (10 digital tracks = 1 album unit)
  30. Total Activity = Sales + Streaming = Video
  31. TP = This Period (This chart week)
  32. TW = This Week
  33. UPC = Universal Product Code, a 12 digit code assigned to LPs, EPs, or singles and represent the entire product.
  34. YTD = Year to Date
  35. WTD TP = Week to Date This Period
To learn more about what each acronym is and what they can tell you, bring any questions you have to a training session. Feel free to sign up for one of our Music Connect Office Hours here. Office Hours are Thursdays at 3pm US Eastern Standard Time. 
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