The Christian Music Trade Assn. has extended its deal with Nielsen Music, which operates Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and Nielsen SoundScan.

The Christian Music Trade Assn. has extended its deal with Nielsen Music, which operates Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and Nielsen SoundScan. In keeping with the agreement, Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan will continue to monitor contemporary Christian/gospel retailers and radio stations to provide retail sales data and radio airplay information.

Nielsen BDS monitors 46 Christian radio stations in North America. Nielsen SoundScan gathers reports from 1,285 Christian retailers. The data is the source for Billboard’s Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums charts, as well as Billboard.com Hot Christian Singles & Tracks and Hot Christian Adult Contemporary singles.