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Belgian Albums Chart

Ultratop is an organization which generates and publishes the official record charts in Belgium, and it is also the name of most of those charts. Ultratop is a non-profit organization, created on the initiative of the Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA), the Belgian member organization of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.[1][2] Two parallel set of charts are concurrently produced and published, one on behalf of Belgium's Dutch-speaking Flanders region, and the other catering to the nation's French-speaking region of Wallonia.

Ultratop charts

The music charts produced by Ultratop are separated along regional-language boundaries, an unusual division that is justified by the cultural differences in Belgium. So it is that the Dutch-speaking Flanders region has one set of charts of record activity there, while the French-speaking Wallonia region has another set to measure popularity in those provinces. All of the charts generated by Ultratop are published in three different languages: Dutch, primarily for the Flemish inhabitants of Flanders; French, primarily for the Walloons in Wallonia; and English.

In Flanders the most important charts are the Ultratop 50 singles and the Ultratop 200 albums.

In Wallonia the most important charts were the Ultratop 40 singles and the Ultratop 200 albums (the Flemish and Walloon charts are separate). The francophone Ultratop 40 has been expanded and is now called Ultratop 50 as well.

The charts are broadcast on several Belgian radio stations, and on TV stations TMF in Flanders and Plug TV in Wallonia.[1]

Procedure

Ultratop creates charts based on retail record sales of around 500 retail outlets and legal digital downloads.[3] Currently GfK is the market observer of the charts. The chart broadcasts on Radio Contact on Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:00. The combined number of Ultratop chart listeners on the various radio or TV stations exceeds two million every week. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the charts in 2005, a jubilee book was published. It covered all 15,282 singles from 5,882 artists thus far.[3]

Ultratop 50 Singles (Flemish chart)

The Flemish Ultratop 50 chart has existed since 31 March 1995.[4] Prior to 1995, the official weekly chart was published by Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie as the VRT Top 30.

The Ultratop 50 chart is published in Dutch and presented on the Belgian radio station MNM as well as on TMF Flanders television.

Ultratop 50 Singles (Walloon chart)

The Walloon Ultratop chart began in 1995 as the Ultratop 40, ranking the forty best-selling singles in the French-speaking region of Belgium.[5]

On 4 September 2010, the Walloon chart was renamed Ultratop 50 as well after being increased from a 40-position into a 50-position chart.

Ultratop 200 Albums (Flemish chart)

Published in Dutch, it covers weekly albums sales in Belgium's Dutch-speaking Flanders region. Originally an Ultratop 50 Albums format, it was increased to Ultratop 100 Albums and eventually Ultratop 200 Albums.

Ultratop 200 Albums (Walloon chart)

Published in French, it covers weekly albums sales in Belgium's French-speaking Wallonia region.

List of Ultratop charts

The Ultratop charts published include:

Chart name Flanders Wallonia
Ultratop 50 Singles Top 50 Top 50
Ultratop 200 Albums Top 200 Top 200
Ultratop Compilations Top 20 Top 20
Ultratop Dance Top 50 Top 50
Ultratop Urban Top 50
Ultratop Airplay Top 30 Top 30
Ultratop Alternative Albums Top 50
Back Catalogue Singles Top 50 Top 50
Dance Bubbling Under Top 20 Top 20
Belgische Albums /
Albums Belges
Top 40 Top 20
Mid Price Top 20 Top 20
Heatseekers Albums Top 20 Top 20
Klassiek Albums /
Albums Classiques
Top 20 Top 20
Muziek-DVD /
DVD Musicaux
Top 40 Top 10
Ultratop Vlaams Top 10
Radio 2 Vlaams Top 10
Vlaams Kids Top 5

Ultratip

In addition to the main singles charts (Ultratop 50), another chart known as Ultratip is published. Also referred to as Tipparade, it is a Belgian chart of commercially-available singles, with chart positions based on a combination of sales and airplay (i.e., the number of times a song is played on the radio or television, combined with the calculated audience size for a station, region or language).[1]

Ultratip differs from the Ultratop charts, in that Ultratip charts depend mostly on airplay, whereas Ultratop charts are based solely on sales. However, it should be noted that a song cannot chart on the Ultratip chart on airplay figures alone.[6]

Ultratip charts

Two Ultratip charts are published weekly:

Ultratip 100

It is a chart for singles in the Flemish (Dutch-speaking) markets and is found at [1]

Ultratip 50

It is a chart for singles in the Walloon (French-speaking) markets and is found at [2]

Records

In Flanders

In Wallonia

See also

References

External links

  • Ultratop Flemish charts (Dutch)
  • Ultratop Walloon charts (French)

English version available for all charts

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