The Indian Music Industry (IMI), the organisation that represents the recorded music industry in India, has released its first-ever International Top 20 Singles Chart India, based on streaming data. The charts, which are formulated using streaming figures of international singles, are compiled by Barcelona headquartered BMAT.
The new chart will be updated weekly on Monday evenings. Every week, from Friday to Thursday, BMAT will aggregate and consolidate the data from Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Apple Music launched in India in June 2015, while Amazon Prime Music and Spotify launched in the market in February 2018 and February 2019, respectively.
The Top 20 chart will be reviewed by the IMI Charts committee comprised of representatives from record labels such as Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Times Music, and Warner Music Group. The Indian Music Industry (IMI) is the body that represents the interest of record labels on a pan-India basis.
IMI is an IFPI affiliate which is the global body that represents the recorded music industry worldwide. All major music labels in India are part of this association.
Blaise Fernandes, CEO & President, IMI, said: “I am delighted to launch the International Charts – an inaugural consumer-centric foray by IMI, which is largely a recorded music trade body. “The charts represent what consumers in India are listening to. Globally charts are an effective search and discovery tool, I expect the same to happen in India.
“Given our country’s socio-eco-cultural diversity, the charts roll out will be in phases. Phase two will see the launch of regional charts in two Indian regional languages. Once we get the operations and formulae right, we plan to launch the IMI NATIONAL CHARTS – our endeavour to highlight the music consumers in India enjoy – on a weekly basis.”