Can charts be altered by false donloads? (PSB example)

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Can charts be altered by false donloads? (PSB example)

#1 Post by andmaste » Wed 10 May 2006, 9:43 am

Can charts be altered by false donloads?
example with I'm with stupid

EMI/Parlophone decides that is time for PSB to have a new #1 in the single charts.
So they decide to download 10000 times the song.
It will cost 10000 UKP, but most of this money will come back to them being the label of the author.
Having a new #1 is good for selling more copies of the new album.

Can it be possible?

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#2 Post by popfreak » Wed 10 May 2006, 9:58 am

Possible but its fraud. its the same as them getting 500 people, giving them £5 and getting them to go and buy both cd's.

possible but illegal

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#3 Post by Butters » Wed 10 May 2006, 10:17 am

Dont think it is illigal, per se. But it is unethical.
Just tax the stupid people!

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#4 Post by popfreak » Wed 10 May 2006, 10:39 am

its also against chart rules.

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#5 Post by Mr Madness » Wed 10 May 2006, 10:54 am

Wasn't there a case recently where a band got disqualified from the chart because it came to light that they'd got friends, relatives and fans to buy multiple copies of their single? I think they got people buying something daft like 50 copies at a time so needless to say it threw up some rather unusual buying patterns which alerted the chart company in to thinking there was something wrong!

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#6 Post by BlueSwan » Wed 10 May 2006, 11:09 am

Chart rigging is against the chart rules. There have been cases in the past where singles have been disqualified from the chart due to "irregular sales patterns".
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#7 Post by bookshopboy » Wed 10 May 2006, 12:57 pm

Mr Madness wrote:Wasn't there a case recently where a band got disqualified from the chart because it came to light that they'd got friends, relatives and fans to buy multiple copies of their single? I think they got people buying something daft like 50 copies at a time so needless to say it threw up some rather unusual buying patterns which alerted the chart company in to thinking there was something wrong!
It was "Industry" by The Modern, which would have got to number 13 but was disqualified because of large numbers of downloads by the same people.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4802804.stm

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#8 Post by Shopper » Wed 10 May 2006, 2:01 pm

what is the current PSB fanbase in the UK ? 8000 - 15000 ?

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#9 Post by Technotrancemix » Wed 10 May 2006, 3:32 pm

I downloaded all the mixes/tracks in which I paid 77p for each because I couldn't rip them from my CDs

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#10 Post by spongeg » Thu 11 May 2006, 1:46 am

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