Juno Awards Sticking With Nielsen Music as Exclusive Data Source

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A general view of atmosphere during the 2016 Juno Awards at Scotiabank Saddledome on April 3, 2016 in Calgary, Canada. 

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the industry organization behind the Juno Awards, will be using Nielsen Music for another two years as its exclusive data provider. The 48th annual Juno Awards are March 17, at London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens.

"CARAS has options these days for data so no guarantees they'd go with Nielsen," Nielsen's Paul Shaver, vp entertainment Canada, music & sports, tells Billboard. "Very happy to report they've once again decided to use Nielsen data for the awards."

Nielsen BDS (radio) charts began in 1995, physical album sales in 1996, and digital downloads in 2005. Streaming data charts launched in July 2014.  Prior to the existence of Nielsen, CARAS would've received their data directly from the record companies.

The data provided by Nielsen Music will help CARAS throughout the selection process, from nominations to the Juno Awards selections.

Fan Choice, for example, is compiled from "Artists who have one of the top 20 tracks based on consumption are given an individual rank. Next, these artists are evaluated using Nielsen Music Connect social data, through online analytics to measure their growth and popularity across social networks," according to the submission guidelines on the Juno web site.

Single of the year is determined from "A list of the top 25 digital downloads, radio spins and streams," while rock album of the year nominees are "determined by a combination of consumption and judges voting, equally weighted on a 50/50 basis."

"Renewing our partnership with CARAS is both exciting and a testament to the power of Nielsen's Music Connect, the leading tool for music industry insights," Shaver said in a statement. "We look forward to celebrating Canadian music with CARAS at the JUNO Awards for two more years."

"The JUNO Awards are thrilled to once again partner with Nielsen Music, for two more years," said Allan Reid, president & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "Their trusted data continues to be an essential component in our selection of JUNO nominees and award recipients."