A physical format album (CD, vinyl LP, cassette, etc.) sold within a finished goods boxed set/boxed package (a package manufactured as a pre-set box, together with clearly artist/album-branded merchandise items, not a pre-pack of loose goods) can continue to count as a sale as normal, following advance approval from MRC Data / Billboard. (Artist/album-branded merchandise allowances will not change from currently allowable branding elements.)
The boxed package must have its own unique UPC code separate from any other version of the album and must be submitted for pre-approval to Billboard and MRC Data by the label or retailer at least four weeks in advance of the street date/release date of the package. Boxed package sales are reported to MRC Data upon shipment of the physical package to the customer, or sale to the customer at the point-of-purchase if in a brick-and-mortar environment. If a digital download is included with the purchase, that is not the reportable album format. If multiple physical formats of the same album are contained within a boxed package, the sale of the box only counts as one album sale. For further details on boxed set approval process, contact MRC Data and Billboard.