Indian Music Industry (IMI) Unveils Top 20 International Singles Chart India


The Indian Music Industry (IMI), the organization that represents the recorded music industry in India, today released its first-ever Top 20 International Singles Chart India.

The charts which are formulated using streaming numbers of international singles are compiled by world leaders in music technology BMAT will be updated weekly on Monday at sunset. Every week, from Friday to Thursday, BMAT aggregates and consolidates data from three major international DSPs (digital service providers) in the country – Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. The Top 20 ranking is reviewed by the IMI Ratings Committee made up of experts from record companies such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Times Music, and Warner Music Group. The aim of the IMI International Top 20 Singles Chart is to make it easy for music lovers to discover fresh and exciting music.

“Launching an official ranking based on actual streaming data is an important step in bringing the Indian music market in line with the rest of the world. Indian music fans are among the most engaged listeners in the world, known to embrace music from all genres, languages ​​and countries. With the testing phase successfully behind us, we are grateful to our global BMAT partners for helping to achieve this and although we are starting with an international chart we are looking forward to seeing mixed national charts ”, said Devraj Sanyal , Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia.

Rajat Kakar, Managing Director India, Sony Music Entertainment, said: “Sony Music India is delighted with the launch of the very first official Indian music industry chart. This is a milestone moment as music listeners can now get unbiased international music rankings based on actual consumption data from major streaming service providers. This will pave the way for the growth of world music among Indian fans with significantly higher engagement and also place India firmly on the world music map !. “

“IMI Ratings are the very first official launch of the Indian music industry to provide a concise, factual and real-time rating system to which its stakeholders can refer. The mechanism for arriving at the charts is industrial grade and is assembled from data analyzed across all verticals and as such will be the final charts for Indian consumers and global stakeholders. Times Music is proud to be a part of this initiative, ”said Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music.

Jay Mehta, Managing Director of Warner Music Group added: “Warner Music Group India is delighted to participate in this project. The exponential growth of smart phones coupled with a plethora of streaming services has brought international recorded music to the most remote part of India. International music today is no longer a subway or city centric genre, it is pan India, and the IMI international charts will be a true representation of what India is listening to.

Blaise Fernandes, CEO and President of IMI said: “I am delighted to launch International Charts, a first consumer-centric foray of IMI, which is largely a commercial recorded music organization. The graphics represent what Indian consumers are listening to. Overall charts are an effective research and discovery tool, I would expect the same to happen in India. Taking into account the socio-ecocultural diversity of our country, the deployment of the charters will be done in phases. The second phase will see the launch of regional charters in two Indian regional languages. Once we have the correct operations and formulas, we plan to launch the IMI NATIONAL CHARTS – our effort to highlight the music that Indian consumers enjoy – on a weekly basis. “-

“IMI is proud to present the first phase of the deployment of our IMI India charts, we have outsourced the entire process to BMAT, a recognized global brand in the music ecosystem, associated with music charts in over 22 countries. DSPs or streaming platforms share consumer data with BMAT. The data is then processed, in accordance with international standards, giving the graphics 100% transparency and accuracy, ”said Dema Therese Maria, Lead Charts & Certifications, IMI.

“The introduction of the IMI International Top 20 Singles Chart ranking is an important milestone for music in India and an important step in developing new rankings to capture the full breadth of the unique musical culture of India and the United Kingdom. dynamic and growing music industry in the market, ”shared Lewis Morrison, Head of Global Charters and Certifications, IFPI

“As official map compilers for 22 countries alongside IFPI, we are delighted to partner with IMI to create the maps of India. It is a pleasure to use our technical expertise to keep India up to date on its huge streaming market and to help them make their culture more accessible to international consumers, ”said Enric Calabuig, VP Charts, BMAT.

Members of the IMI Ratings Committee are: Rajat Kakar, Managing Director India, Sony Music Entertainment Arjun Sankalia, Senior Managing Director, Sony Music Entertainment Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music Vinit Thakkar, COO, Universal Music India Jay Mehta, Managing Director, Warner Music Group Blaise Fernandes, CEO and President, IMI Dema Therese Maria, Lead Charts & Certifications, IMI.

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