French chart compilers IFOP/Tite Live will on March 2 launch a new weekly sales chart that will incorporate sales of CD albums and music DVDs in France. Sales of titles that have been released both on

French chart compilers IFOP/Tite Live will on March 2 launch a new weekly sales chart that will incorporate sales of CD albums and music DVDs in France. Sales of titles that have been released both on CD and on DVD will be given a cumulative total on the 250-position chart.

IFOP/Tite Live will continue to provide a top-40 music-video chart that integrates music DVD and videocassettes.

The new listing will complement the current weekly sales charts compiled by IFOP/Tite Live on behalf of music industry body SNEP. IFOP/Tite Live already provides a top-150 Albums charts, a top-75 singles chart, a top-40 compilations (which includes individual artists' "best of" albums as well as multi-artists compilations) and a top-40 mid-price chart.

SNEP director general Hervé Rony says the new CD/DVD chart reflects the increasing importance of music-DVD sales in France.

The music-DVD market in France represented €91 million in 2003, for sales of 7.2 million units. In terms of market share, the music-video market represented 3% in 2001, 4% in 2002 and 8% in 2003.

During certain weeks of 2003, the top-selling DVD sold more units than the top-selling CD.

"Overall, what matters for us is to focus on the long-play format, be it CD or DVD," says Rony.

He says the introduction of a download chart is under consideration.

"Downloads are part of the new environment and we are integrating this new factor," says Rony. "It will be up to SNEP members to decide how fast we will go and how we will do it."