Rules for the EURO200™
Chart Rules exist to determine eligibility for entry into the Euro 200™ Chart. The aim of the Rules is to
protect the integrity of the Chart and to ensure that they are an accurate
reflection of the popularity of each recording.
The Rules apply equally to all companies
issuing and/or distributing recordings. It should be noted that record
companies and distributors remain free to package and market their products in
any way they choose. However, records which do not comply with the Rules will
not be eligible to be included in the Chart.
The Chart Rules are issued by APC-stats in
conjunction with the Chart management. The Euro 200™ Chart management is
responsible for interpreting and applying the Chart Rules. The Chart manager of
the Euro 200™ may refer any matter concerning the interpretation of the Chart
Sales (CD-tracks and downloads) &
All sales data about singles and downloads
used to compile the Chart, must be recorded as a result of a genuine purchase
by a genuine consumer. Airplay data is supplied by more than 1500 major radio-
and TV-stations from all over the European Union and streaming data from 31
states in the EU/UE. The data is calculated over a period of fourteen
days. (weekly refreshed).
No record company, distributor, retailer,
Artist or other party should act or encourage others to act in any way designed
to distort, or which has the effect of distorting the Chart by achieving a
higher or lower Chart position for a record than it would otherwise achieve.
Actions which will be considered a breach
of these rules include:
promoting the sale of any record by supplying a dealer with records by another
artist free of charge or upon terms more favourable than would be the case
but for that promotion;
b) purchasing records or causing
records to be purchased other than as a genuine consumer purchase;
c) multiple purchases of records
on behalf of other persons;
interference with the operation of sales recording machines or other equipment
or computer software used to compile the Charts or collect or collate its
information or in any other way being a party to the submission of false or
inaccurate data to the Chart compiler;
e) offering money or other
benefits to a dealer contingent upon a record entering any of the Charts or
attaining a minimum chart position;
procuring the sale of a record in conjunction with a non-related or excessive
gift, which gives the consumer a product,
voucher or benefit or anything else which is either unrelated to the record
concerned or of a value in excess of the value (normal retail price) of the
record without that gift;
g) any other activity intended
unfairly to influence Chart positions.
Where the Chart management has reason to
believe that a record is the subject of any of the above types of activity, it
will, at its discretion, either remove identifiable irregular sales
transactions from the data used to compile the Chart, or exclude the record
from the Chart with immediate effect.
In principle, all tracks of a CD album,
released in the European Union qualify for the Euro 200™ through airplay data.
Also downloads of individual album tracks,
which are not officially released by the record company, be counted.
Tracks in different languages, of an
artist being sold in several states of the European Union, are put
Only tracks lasting 100 seconds or longer are eligible for a chart position.
We assess a track as suitable for the Euro200™ as it is available as:
“1 Track” CD, “1 Track+” CD, Album-track,
“Maxi”-track, “Maxi” Dual disc-track,
“Maxi” Vinyl disc-track, “7-inch”, (Vinyl up to
7) Digital Audio Track, Digital Single Bundle, (Bundle must feature lead song
as audio track) or Remix Single-track (One song title and any number of
remixes of that featured title). Criteria
for Combining Sales.
For chart purposes, the sales of different formats are combined where they can
reasonably be held to be variants or alternative formats of the same piece of
Sales of different formats and variants of a single are combined for chart
purposes where each format contains the featured song(s), and not the featured
song(s) from any other chart single. Labels may include previously unreleased
remixes or alternative versions of a current Top 200 single on a new release
providing the version used has not previously appeared on a chart
There is no maximum of physical formats or of bundle formats for each title
which is eligible for the singles chart.
rules at January 1st, 2024.