Am I able to report boxed sets?
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.
Can I bundle multiple formats of the same album or single and report them?
Albums: Multiple formats of the same album can be bundled together (CD + Vinyl LP, CD + Digital Album, etc.). However, only one sale from each bundle is reportable. In a Physical + Digital Album combination, ONLY the physical sale is the reportable ...
What are the Existing Policies & 2022 Updates?
Merchandise and Ticket / Album Bundles: Album sales cannot be reported if bundled with merchandise or ticket to an artist event/concert – even if album and merchandise or ticket are available a la carte. Merchandise is essentially anything that is ...
What if someone buys multiple copies of the same album/song?
Any sales of 5 or more copies of an album attributed to one customer at the UPC/ISRC level, no matter how that number of albums is accrued, is subject to MRC Data’s bulk policy rule application. For sales designated as bulk, the following credit will ...
What are the sales reporting deadlines?
TYPE OF SALES REPORTING DEADLINE WHAT TO REPORT Daily IMO (Internet mail order) Daily 1:00pm EST All music sales shipped the preceding day Weekly IMO (Internet mail order) Every Tuesday by 1:00pm EST All music sales shipped Tuesday through Monday the ...
Can my purchase yield a discount on the purchase of another music product?
There can be no contesting or incentives to the consumer to buy music in return for — or a chance to win access to — goods or experiences (whether virtual or actual), benefits or discounts of any kind. For the sake of clarity, the purchase of a ...