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MERCHANDISE, TICKET & PHYSICAL/DIGITAL FORMAT BUNDLE RULE UPDATE HIGHLIGHTS – JULY 2020

Update for ticket/album bundles (ticket/album sale redemption offers): 

No further bundles will be approved. 

Starting Oct. 9, 2020, any available tickets cannot include an album bundle offer, even for a previously approved bundle. 

For existing, approved offers with an album released for sale on or before Oct. 8, 2020: Redemptions (sales) generated by offer will be accepted for duration of tour/offer. 

  • Sales will be chart eligible, but only for tickets sold through Oct. 8, 2020. 

For existing, approved offers with an album released for sale and streaming on or after Oct. 9, 2020: Redemptions (sales) generated by offer will be accepted for duration of tour/offer, HOWEVER, sales will not be chart eligible, and will only count for a title’s release-to-date sales; and only for tickets sold through Oct. 8, 2020. 

Going forward, an album can be promoted as an add-on sale to a ticket purchase – not baked-in to ticket. Customer would make clear choice to purchase an album on its own, as a separate item, and album purchase must not yield any benefits or discounts to customer. 

Update for merchandise/album bundles: 

Starting Oct. 9, 2020, no further sales of albums can be reported if bundled with merchandise – even if album and merchandise are available a la carte. 

Albums scheduled for release on or before Oct. 8, 2020 can report sales generated from bundles, but only for sales through Oct. 8, 2020. 

Albums scheduled for release on or after Oct. 9, 2020 cannot report any sales generated from a bundle. Merchandise is essentially anything that is not the album itself, including (but not limited to) clothing, paper goods, accessories, virtual items, concert pre-sale codes, contest entries with No Purchase Necessary entrance options, fan club access, and so forth. 

Going forward, an album can be promoted as an add-on sale to a merchandise item purchase – not baked-in to merchandise. Customer would make clear choice to purchase an album on its own, as a separate item, and album purchase must not yield any benefits or discounts to customer. 

Physical format albums sold within a finished goods boxed set/package, that may contain clearly artist/album-branded merchandise items), can continue to count as a sale as normal, following advance approval. 

Update for signed merchandise (for Aug. 7 – Oct. 8, 2020 only): 

From Aug. 7 through Oct. 8, 2020, any signed merchandise/album bundle offers must be live and for sale on the approved artist direct-to-consumer store/webstore no later than the album’s first day of release (by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on day of release). 

Any additional signed merchandise/album bundles offered beyond first day of an album’s release (from Aug. 7 through Oct. 8, 2020) will not have their sales count for the charts, or for release-to-date sales. 

Update for physical/digital format bundles of albums or singles (for Aug. 7, 2020 onwards): Specific to digital sales being reported for a physical format purchase

Applies to any album or single sold from Aug. 7, 2020 onwards, regardless of album or single release date. Multiple formats of same album or single can be bundled together (CD+Vinyl, CD+Digital, etc.)

However, only one sale from each bundle is reportable: 

  • In a Physical/Digital bundle of multiple copies of same album or single (example: Vinyl+Digital), only the physical sale is reportable, and only when it is fulfilled to customer. 
  • If there is more than one physical format in bundle (example: CD+Vinyl+Digital), the first physical format that is fulfilled will be the reportable sale. 

If only one format of album or single is sold (no bundle of multiple formats of albums or singles), then the sale continues to report as normal – when that album or single is fulfilled to customer.

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