Today, the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), in partnership with BuzzAngle Music, launched Canadian independent-only music charts, the CIMA 20 and CIMA 40. The two charts available every Tuesday represent the market success of independent artists in Canada, by ranking their current album packages encompassing music sales, downloads, and streams. This week Mario Pelchat’s Agnus Dei (MP3 Disques) topped the CIMA 20 and CIMA 40 charts.
“CIMA is thrilled to partner with BuzzAngle Music to deliver the CIMA 20 and CIMA 40 weekly charts for the independent music community,” says Stuart Johnston, president of CIMA. “Last year, CIMA created the Road Gold Certifications program to recognize the success of Canada’s hard working touring artists. Now, the CIMA 20 Chart demonstrates how well the music of our Canadian independent artists are doing in this market, and is yet another way that CIMA is shining a light on the success of our very talented independent artists. The CIMA 40 take it a step further by charting the album success of the global independent community here in Canada as well. We believe these weekly charts will serve to graphically illustrate the deep pool of talent we have here in Canada.”
The CIMA 20 chart is the top 20 Canadian independent artists’ album packages, which includes sales, downloads, and streams within the Canadian market. The CIMA 40 chart is the top 40 Canadian and international independent artists’ album packages, which includes sales, downloads, and streams in the Canadian market. Using BuzzAngle Music’s comprehensive consumption analytics, these new charts will offer data at a more granular level, in a much more timely manner than the most commonly used measurement of sales and streaming available up until this point.
“There’s an endless amount of data to analyze in BuzzAngle Music’s daily charts, whether you’re an independent artist, label executive, journalist, record store clerk, or just a music fanatic,” says Jim Lidestri, founder and CEO of Border City Media. “CIMA has been a tremendous organization and everyone involved deserves the timeliest, most specific and most accurate data available to them. BuzzAngle Music is proud to make that happen. We’re thrilled to partner with CIMA to create two new charts. For the first time ever, The 20 – specifically placing a well deserved weekly spotlight on the top Canadian Independent Artist’s albums, and The 40 – highlighting the top overall Independent albums in Canada.”