SoundScan Registration

Some retailers and streaming providers report sales and streams to Soundscan. In order for your album to be considered for reporting, you need to ensure that it is registered with SoundScan.

SoundScan is a tracking system operated by the ACNielsen, that tracks sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Any music product that carries a UPC or EAN barcode and ISRC code is eligible to be tracked by SoundScan. According to their website, “Sales data from point-of-sale cash registers is collected weekly from over 14,000 retail, mass merchant and non-traditional (on-line stores, venues, etc.) outlets. Weekly data is compiled and made available every Wednesday. Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts.”

In order to have a chance at making the Billboard music charts, any release must be registered with SoundScan using UPC number (for the whole album) and ISRC codes (for the individual tracks). Without registration, the sales figures will not be counted, and will remain invisible to the system.

Need a UPC or ISRC?

Additionally, Symphonic clients can get a UPC or ISRC code from our distribution system during the release creation process. If you are a non-distributed client and you need a UPC or ISRC code for any release or track outside of what we distribute, click here!

Let Symphonic register your album with SoundScan!

Symphonic Distribution is able to register your album and songs with SoundScan.
Please select which type of registration you would like to make by clicking on the item below.


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