What do the different acronyms mean?
Acronyms, Terms, and Definitions:
- Ad Supported Streams = Streams from a DSP that offer a free service
- Airplay Chart Week = Monday → Sunday
- ATD = Activity to Date
- Audience = Number of people that heard a Spin on terrestrial/satellite radio (measured by first quarter hour)
- Building Week = The current week, up to date, for which daily data is included (all providers may not be reported)
- Catalog music = More than 18 months since release date
- % CHG = Percentage change from LW to TW
- CMA = Census Metropolitan Area (Canada)
- Core Genre = 1:1 each song has 1 core genre in our systems
- Current music = Less than 18 months since release date
- Daily Data = Always two days behind
- DMA - Designated Market Area
- DSP = Digital Service Provider (i.e. Spotify, Tidal)
- EAN = European Article Number. The European version of an UPC code and is 1 digit (13) longer.
- Equivalents = The number of audio/video streams that equal 1 album unit.
- Genre = Billboard genre assigned to a song
- Core Genre is 1:1 - each song has 1 core genre in our systems
- 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)
- ISRC = International Standard Recording Code, the unique identifier assigned to a recording
- LP = Last Period (Last chart week)
- LW = Last Week
- On-Demand Streams = From DSPs providing an interactive experience (user chooses what they listen to)
- Premium Streaming = Streaming from DSPs with a paid subscription model
- Programmed Streams = From DSPs that don't provide an interactive experience (content is pushed to consumer)
- Release Date = Song/Album date of release
- RTD = Release to Date (used in sales chart)
- Sales & Consumption Chart Week = Friday → Thursday
- Weekly data will be... “Week Ending [Thursday date]”
- SEA = Streaming Equivalent Albums
- SES = Stream Equivalent Songs
- Spin = A play on satellite or terrestrial radio
- TEA = Track Equivalent Albums (10 digital tracks = 1 album unit)
- Total Activity = Sales + Streaming = Video
- TP = This Period (This chart week)
- TW = This Week
- UPC = Universal Product Code, a 12 digit code assigned to LPs, EPs, or singles and represent the entire product.
- YTD = Year to Date
- 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.
How can I assign the correct Genre to a song?
When registering, please select the genre that most closely matches the genre of your song/album. However, Billboard makes all final decisions on genre flagging.
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