Germany this Friday will become the first top-10 market to integrate download sales into its singles chart.

Germany this Friday will become the first top-10 market to integrate download sales into its singles chart.

The official German Top 100 Singles chart will for the first time aggregate physical sales with sales of tracks downloaded from legal platforms.

Individual downloads and digitalized album tracks sold individually will count toward the Media Control chart, which is endorsed by German labels body BPW. Chart data is collected from 2,000 record retailers and online mail-order companies and more than a dozen Internet merchants offering music downloads.

All major download merchants have agreed to take part in the project, says BPW chairman Gerd Gebhardt. The electronic data is reported to Baden-Baden-based market research firm GfK International, which owns 51% of Media Control.

The trade body says plans to incorporate downloaded albums into the traditional albums chart are being readied and will be implemented in a second phase.

Alexander Maurus, GM of Warner Music Germany and the newly-elected executive responsible for the BPW's chart and marketing committee, says the new charts "will reflect the music market even more precisely."

Just last week, the BPW announced that the country's burgeoning legitimate online music market had registered 1 million downloads each month since April.

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