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Welcome to the WIN Global Chart Report 2016. This survey sets out information on how the music charts work in all key markets around the world.

Information was gathered from WIN associations in each country, and draws on findings from the WINTEL report, IFPI’s 2015 RIN and where possible, guidance and locally published information.

A range of different methodologies are used around the world to compile charts. There are similarities in some geographic areas, and some countries reported that their chart compilation companies are in the process of changing their methodologies to reflect, to varying degrees, the system in place in the UK. This is mainly to take account of changes in consumption patterns, including the shift from ownership (retail) to access (streaming).

This report deals with the ‘official’ charts in each country. It should be noted that other charts exist (eg Shazam) which offer alternative charts based on alternative consumption patterns and methodologies.