FAQ - What is SoundScan and how do I get my CD into the system?

Nielsen SoundScan is an information system that tracks sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Sales data from point-of-sale cash registers is collected weekly from over 14,000 retail, mass merchant and non-traditional (online stores, venues, etc.) outlets. Weekly data is compiled and made available every Wednesday. SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts. You can register your CD at http://www.soundscan.com/register.html

Member Comments

Posted by Lloyd on 2004-11-29 at 4:37:03 pm

if i am just starting a carrer, what would be the thing to do, mk a demo and send it to different companys, or mk a whole CD and try to push it myself.  I ask because I understand that people get signed or better notice by a record company if they get a CD together and promote the CD theirselves. 

Posted by Lloyd on 2004-11-29 at 4:38:17 pm

If I have a demo together what do I do with it?  How do I go about getting my music on the radio?

Posted by Jimi Heath on 2004-12-08 at 8:08:46 am

Make a demo of GREAT songs.  Then start selling the CD.  Play as many shows as possible and build your own buzz.  If you have decent scan numbers, industry folks are more apt to let you submit your material to them.

Posted by jose z on 2004-12-20 at 1:30:55 pm

I write a lot. What do I need to do to get these lyrics to people who can use them, perform them, and how do I sell them?

Posted by Jimi Heath on 2005-01-03 at 7:13:32 am

Get someone to write the music.  A song isn’t complete without it..

Unless of course you have an album out called jagged little pill and people get off on hearing you hit sharp notes without music..  But no artist will record it.

Posted by kathy hussey on 2005-01-10 at 10:48:25 pm

wow - is it safe to assume that you are not an alanis fan? 

that was funny : )

Jose-  see if you can find other songwriters in your community - go to open mics or writers nights, and find someone whose music you like - ask them if they’d be interested in co-writing with you or attempting to put some of your lyrics to music…that’s a good place to start.  You can’t really “sell” a lyric alone…there may even be bands that you like who would be open to sharing their music with your lyrics…most of the time they’d be doing their own stuff, but it doesn’t hurt to ask…once.

Posted by jehovahhendrickson on 2005-01-20 at 12:28:13 am

I Completed my first C.d Jehovah Live and completed all the copywrite work it takes about 4-5months just to get a copywrite certificate, I have been selling my new release for only $20 cash I don’t have upc bar codes or sound scan it sounds cool this is Informative Thanks Jehovah"mauistar”

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