The next year is set to welcome new albums from the likes of August Alsina (above), Tamar Braxton, Rita Ora & ‘American Oxygen’ provider Rihanna.
Fortunately (or unfortunately) the campaigns launched to support their releases will be forced to accept plans set to be put in place by Billboard next month.
Game changing news below…
As reported here next month will bring it with the arrival of a global album release date.
Now, Billboard has revealed that is to change the chart tracking week once the new plans are implemented on July 10th.
Starting July 10, the official street date for all new album releases will be Friday (instead of the current Tuesday) in the United States. For all sales-based charts (ranking both albums and tracks), Billboard and Nielsen will change the chart reporting period to cover the first seven days of an album’s release.This will result in an adjusted sales period of Friday to Thursday, as opposed to the Monday to Sunday cycle that has been utilized since the advent of Nielsen Music’s point-of-sales tracking in 1991.
Streaming services will now also be tracked from Friday to Thursday for the charts that incorporate that data.
(The final charts utilizing sales data from a Monday to Sunday cycle (June 29 through July 5) will post on Billboard.com on Thursday, July 9, and will be dated July 18. To account for sales in the in-between days during the transition week to a Friday to Thursday schedule, Nielsen Music will process data incorporating an 11-day cycle [Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 9]. That 11-day period will inform the Billboard charts that will post on Billboard.com on Tuesday, July 14, and be dated July 25. The pure sales data from the 11-day stretch will be the only data stored historically when accounting for all-time sales according to Nielsen Music; thus, there will be no double-counting, per se, of sales in Nielsen Music’s tracking system for this period in its archived database.)