Reporting to SoundScan (This Feature Dedicated to the Memory of Snuggles)

Sales on Bandcamp will soon be reported to Nielsen SoundScan, the company behind the Billboard charts. Before we can start submitting weekly stats, however, we need you to please add your UPC codes to your albums, and ISRC codes to your tracks. Just go to each album or track’s page, click Edit, and towards the bottom you’ll see new fields for this data. They look like this:

upc

isrc

If you don’t know what UPC or ISRC codes are, but would like to learn, this is a good article on the topic. Please note that Bandcamp does not supply those codes, but plenty of others do, such as CDBaby. More info can be found here and here.

We’ll update this post as soon as we have enough data from all of you to begin weekly reporting. Here’s to you, Snuggles:

Update August 24th: We now submit US, Canadian and international sales reports to SoundScan each and every Monday morning. Thanks to everyone for getting your ISRC and UPC codes added!

30 thoughts on “Reporting to SoundScan (This Feature Dedicated to the Memory of Snuggles)

  1. A thought for future development: allow the uploading/updating of an artist’s entire catalog via some open-format database file (CSV or the like).

    Of course, I think of this now, because of the thought of sitting there plugging through 30 songs worth of ISRC codes…

    Nonetheless, I love Bandcamp.

  2. Dear Bandcamp,
    I hope you are wildly successful and all your dreams come true cause any company that puts the legendary Casey cussin’ session at the bottom of a blog post is goddam fuckin ok in my book.

  3. Hi guys,

    Is this mandatory?

    We don’t have UPC codes for our albums yet, but we also sell them for $5 and less, so they wouldn’t be counted anyway.

    Thx
    Joe

    1. No Joe, this is completely optional. You only need to add the codes if you want your sales (above the aforementioned minimums) reported to SoundScan.

  4. If an album is for sale for $5..but they download it for free with a download code..does it still count as a sale?

    Or do only direct direct purchases count as sales?

  5. Can you actually receive the Soundscan reports without paying their annual fee, though?

    I’ve still gotta give Nielsen $500 to actually see my reports, right?

    1. If you mean can you see the sales that Bandcamp reports to SoundScan, then sure, just go to your stats page. All the sales are listed there. I didn’t know that SoundScan also offers a service to see your sales across all the stores reporting to them. Doesn’t surprise me that they charge for that though.

  6. I’m still new at this highfalutin online sales stuff. I have ISRC codes for my individual songs but I’m not aware of what the UPC/EAN code is for my whole recording. Can ya help a brother out?

  7. I am thrilled to have uploaded all tracks and CD in just about three hours today! I love this site!!!!

  8. If we start the pre-sale process now and have orders place before the upc code is added, do we still get soundscan credit for the albums purchased before the upc code is uploaded?

    1. Yes, but at most for one week’s worth of sales. To be (very) specific: if your codes are added by 00:00 Thursday UTC, your sales from the previous Monday through the following Monday will be reported to SoundScan. Earlier sales will not be reported.

  9. So, is there any other benefit to UPC codes besides the billboard charts? As a underground punk band we really don’t have any desire for billboard charts. Beyond a complete lack of desire, it seems downright unmusical.
    I love bandcamp and appreciate the awesome update nontheless.

    1. Obviously if your album’s going into WalMart you’ll need a UPC for that, too. But yeah, no. We only use the UPC codes for chart reporting.

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