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Spanish Albums Chart

Spanish Music Producers (Spanish: Productores de Música de España, shortened as PROMUSICAE) is a trade group representing the Spanish recording industry. It is the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry group for Spain.

History

PROMUSICAE born in the 1950s as representative of the IFPI in Spain under the name of the Spanish Group of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Grupo Español de la Federación Internacional de la Industria Fonográfica), although not officially an association, since Spanish law during the Franco regime did not recognize the right of association until 1977. In 1978, it was registered as an association under the name Spanish Phonographic Association (Asociación Fonográfica Española) (AFE). In 1982, with the emergence and popularization of the music video, the AFE changed its name to Association of Phonographic and Videographic of Spain (Asociación Fonográfica y Videográfica de España) (AFYVE). Finally, in 2004, AFYVE partners by General Assembly decided to change to its current name, Spanish Music Producers (Productores de Música de España) (PROMUSICAE, which is also a pun with the Latin expression "pro musicae", which means "for / in favor of the music").

Since April 30, 2003, Antonio Guisasola is the president of PROMUSICAE, replacing Carlos Grande.

Charts

The charts are calculated once every week on Sundays. They are based on retail music sales within Spain for the week from the preceding Saturday to the Friday prior to calculation. The new charts are usually uploaded to the official PROMUSICAE website on Sunday night Spanish continental time.

PROMUSICAE provides the following charts:

  • Top 50 songs
  • Top 100 albums chart
  • Top 20 compilations chart
  • Top 20 DVD Chart
  • Airplay Chart
  • Top 20 TV and Radio Chart (Annual)

Certifications

Certifications have existed in Spain since the mid-1970s. During this period, both singles and albums had to sell 100,000 copies to qualify for a Gold disk, the only certification awarded at the time.[1]

PROMUSICAE is currently in charge of certifying records in Spain. It certifies Gold and Platinum recordings based on the shipment of albums and the sales of digital downloads.

Albums

Until October 2005, the certification-levels for albums in Spain were 50,000 for Gold and 100,000 for Platinum.[2] The current levels; however, are 20,000 for Gold and 40,000 for Platinum.[3]

Note that in the table below are the certification-levels, when the program of Gold and Platinum is operated under PROMUSICAE.

Certification Before October 24, 2005[2][4] Before September 6, 2009[5][6] Before October 23, 2011[3][7] Since October 24, 2011[3]
Gold 50,000 40,000 30,000 20,000
Platinum 100,000 80,000 60,000 40,000

Singles

In January 2008, due to a decline in Physical singles, PROMUSICAE replaced the charts of the physical singles with two separate Top 20 charts, one for Digital downloads and the other for Original Tones (similar to Ringtones). The change was reflected to the certifications as well, and allowed each single title to receive two separate types of certification awards.[8] The two certification formats were combined together in January 2009, reflecting, again, the charts becoming a single chart. In the meantime, PROMUSICAE raised the certification-levels to 20,000 for Gold and 40,000 for Platinum from the previous 10,000/20,000.[9]

Physical singles

Note that in the table below are the certification-levels, when the program of Gold and Platinum is operated under PROMUSICAE.

Certification Before October 24, 2005[2][10][11] Before March 24, 2007[12] Since March 24, 2007[13]
Gold 25,000 10,000 10,000
Platinum 50,000 20,000 25,000
Original Tones and Digital downloads

Note that in the table below are the certification-levels, when the program of Gold and Platinum is operated under PROMUSICAE.

Certification
"Original Tones" and "Digital downloads" instituted on January 1, 2008[14]
Before January 1, 2009[15] Since January 1, 2009
"Original Tones" and "Digital downloads" combined[9]
Gold 10,000 20,000
Platinum 20,000 40,000

Music DVDs

Note that in the table below are the certification-levels, when the program of Gold and Platinum is operated under PROMUSICAE.

Certification [16]
Gold 10,000
Platinum 25,000

Piracy

As a member of IFPI, one of the main missions of Promusicae is lobbying for tougher intellectual property laws and stopping music copyright violations.

Promusicae has monitored P2P networks gathering data about its users downloading music. In April 2005, Promusicae claimed that they were monitoring the Kazaa P2P network and they had sent "messages" containing warnings and legal threats to more than 10.000 users[17] In early 2008, Promusicae started a judicial process against Telefónica, the biggest Spanish Internet service provider, demanding that personal data of Kazaa users they monitored should be handed over to Promusicae, so they can start suing them. The Promusicae v. Telefónica case continued until the European Court of Justice, who sentenced that Telefónica has no obligation of handing user data over to Promusicae.[18]

In June 2008, Promusicae sued Pablo Soto, developer of Manolito P2P, Blubster and Piolet. Promusicae claimed that Pablo Soto was engaging in unfair competition and demanded 13 million euros in damages.[19][20]

Promusicae is one of the founders of La Coalición de Creadores e Industrias de Contenidos, a group of companies whose mission is changing Spanish law to be able to prosecute file-sharing.[21]

List of number-one hits

See also

References

External links

  • Official site

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