Oricon Creates Its Own Digital Singles Chart

It’s finally happened! Following up its decision to create a digital albums chart last year, Oricon has revealed that it has now created a digital singles chart! Given that more songs are sold digitally than albums, this is a logical progression for the company. Oricon has faced criticism for nearly a decade about its decision to ignore the digital market, leading some to question the Oricon charts’ validity as a measure of music popularity.

The first Oricon digital singles chart will be revealed on December 20, tallying the sales for the week of December 11 – 17. The chart will feature the top 200 songs of the week that were sold digitally. The songs on the chart will come from 50 different labels, an unmatched number which may grow in the future. The chart will count the sales from five different music services: iTunes, mu-mo, mora, Recochoku, and Oricon Music Store.

Oricon is also looking to take things further in the future by creating a chart thet combines physical and digital sales. This is due to Oricon analyzing how music is being sold currently. The company is currently trying to decide a way to combine physical and digital sales into one chart.

With this being said, Arama! Japan will discontinue its current digital singles charts in December.


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    • HyperMoot .
    • HyperMoot .

      @Ronald, if I got it well (your article and the source) they will stick to just 4 digital platforms, a bit surprised they’re not to include My Sound.

      • It’s 5:

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        • HyperMoot .

          sorry I didn’t make myself clear enough, didn’t count Oricon’s platform in, so just 4 on top of theirs…

      • WD79

        No My Sound and Dwango too, but I guess both are not as big.

        • HyperMoot .

          I don’t have any figures for this, I guess so, quite lot of my Japanese friends use my sound but that has no value, in terms of stats.

    • PigeonPop

      Long overdue–almost irritating, in a way, because Oricon used to have a combined “tracks chart” (that also looked at digital sales) way back in 2004, but never gave it much of a push and suddenly discontinued it in 2008.

    • yacchaitai

      fucking finally

    • WD79


    • Well jeez. Good tho.

    • monica_monami

      maybe we will get streaming next year.

    • SsunShine

      We probably would never see Johnny’s artists in this chart. Why can’t Johnny be more open towards other platforms of musics -___-

    • Asha

      and I hope this forces Johnny’s to release digitally too. Ugh. Fucking JE

    • Christina Gmiterko

      Jesus, finally.