Europe's second official ringtones charts launched today (May 20) in Germany. Compiled by global trade organization the Mobile Entertainment Forum and auditing giant Deloitte & Touche, the Top 20

Europe's second official ringtones charts launched today (May 20) in Germany.

Compiled by global trade organization the Mobile Entertainment Forum and auditing giant Deloitte & Touche, the Top 20 weekly ringtone chart is published in various German-language media outlets including trade publication Musikwoche.

The data is compiled by Deloitte, which consults with the country's leading ringtone distributors.

50 Cent's "Candy Shop" (EMI Publishing) tops the inaugural chart, which covers the week May 9-15. Local acts such as Nena, Ich + Ich and the animated novelty act Schnappi also have a presence in the chart.

"The launch of the first official ringtone chart in the United Kingdom created a huge buzz and we expect the same in Germany, further strengthening the bond between the mobile and music industries," says Claudia Poepperl, head of the MEF German chart initiative and marketing director of mobile-music service provider Qpass.

The U.K. ringtone chart, overseen by MEF and compiled by accounting firm KPMG, rolled out in June 2004.

Germany's ringtones market is the biggest in Europe, according to figures supplied by research firm Informa Telecoms and Media. It generated an estimated €190 million ($240 million) in revenues last year and represents 17% of the total European ringtones market.

MEF chair Ralph Simon recently told Billboard.biz that ringtones charts would roll out in other European markets before the end of the year.

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