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Ultratop is an organization which generates and publishes the official record charts in Belgium. Ultratop is a non-profit organization, created on the initiative of the Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA), the Belgian member organization of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. [1] Two parallel set of charts are concurrently produced and published, one on behalf of Belgium's Dutch-speaking Flanders region, and the other catering to the nation's French-speaking region of Wallonia.

A record chart, also called a music chart, is a ranking of recorded music according to certain criteria during a given period of time. Many different criteria are used in worldwide charts, often in combination. These include record sales, the amount of radio airplay, the number of downloads, and the amount of streaming activity.

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Belgian Entertainment Association organization

The Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA) is the organization that represents the interests of the music, video and video game industries in Belgium. It was founded in February 2008, when three organizations merged, namely IFPI Belgium, the local chapter of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represented the music industry, the Belgian Video Federation, which represented the video industry, and the Belgian Luxembourg Interactive Software Association, which represented the video game industry. BEA is listed as the local record industry association in Belgium by the IFPI.

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Ultratop charts

The music charts produced by Ultratop organization are separated along regional-language boundaries, an unusual division that is justified by the cultural differences in Belgium. So it is that the Dutch-speaking Flanders region has one set of charts of record activity there, while the French-speaking Wallonia region has another set to measure popularity in those provinces.

Belgian culture involves both the aspects shared by all Belgians regardless of the language they speak and the differences between the main cultural communities: the Dutch-speaking Flemish and the French-speaking Waffelers. Most Belgians view their culture as an integral part of European culture. However, members of each of the two main linguistic groups generally make their cultural choices from within their own community, and then, when going beyond, the Flemish draw intensively from both the English-speaking culture and the Netherlands, whereas French-speakers focus on cultural life in France and elsewhere in the French-speaking world, and less outside.

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The charts are broadcast on several Belgian radio stations, and on TV stations TMF in Flanders and Plug RTL in Wallonia. [2]

TMF Flanders

TMF was a Belgian pay television channel whose programming was centred towards popmusic videoclips. TMF was operated by Viacom International Media Networks.

Plug RTL is a general Luxembourg commercial television chain with international presence and targeting adolescents and young people. The station is particularly popular in francophone parts of Belgium, but also somewhat in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium as well. It rebroadcasts programming mainly from popular French stations, particularly from M6, reality TV shows and musical competitions like Nouvelle Star, La France a un incroyable talent, Rising Star, music videos and some internally produced programming like Lifestyle with Agathe Lecaron, Le Mag People and a weekly music programme. Other notable local programming includes Un dîner presque parfait, Criss Angel le magicien gothique etc. The channel used the slogan "Complètement Plug" in 2005, "Plug RTL, une rentrée Lifestyle" in 2007, "Exprimes ton coté Plug!" in 2010 and presently "La chaîne Lifestyle".

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Ultratop creates charts based on record sales of around 500 retail outlets and legal digital downloads. [2] Currently GfK is the market observer of the charts. The chart broadcasts on Radio Contact on Saturdays from 12:00 to 14:00. The combined number of Ultratop chart listeners on the various radio or TV stations exceeds two million every week. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the charts in 2005, a jubilee book was published. It covers all 15,282 singles from 5,882 artists thus far. [2]

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Prominent charts

Ultratop 50 Singles (Flemish chart)

The Flemish Ultratop 50 chart has existed since 31 March 1995. [3] Prior to 1995, the official weekly chart was the Radio 2 Top 30 (previously known as the BRT Top 30) broadcast by the Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep (BRT) and subsequently by the Belgische Radio- en Televisieomroep Nederlandstalige Uitzendingen (BRTN) - a chart which continues to be broadcast to this day by the BRTN's successor, the Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) (hence its alternative name, the VRT Top 30). The Ultratop 50 chart is compiled in Dutch and presented on the Belgian radio station MNM as well as on TMF Flanders television.

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Ultratop 50 Singles (Walloon chart)

The Walloon Ultratop chart began in 1995 as the Ultratop 40, ranking the forty best-selling singles in the French-speaking region of Belgium. [4] On 4 September 2010, the Walloon chart was renamed Ultratop 50 as well after being increased from a 40-position into a 50-position chart.

Ultratop 200 Albums (Flemish chart)

Compiled in Dutch, it covers weekly albums sales in Belgium's Dutch-speaking Flanders region. Originally brought out as the Ultratop 50 Albums chart, it was expanded to become the Ultratop 100 Albums chart, and eventually the Ultratop 200 Albums chart.

Ultratop 200 Albums (Walloon chart)

Published in French, it covers weekly albums sales in Belgium's French-speaking Wallonia region.

Complete list of Ultratop charts

The Ultratop charts published include:

Chart nameFlandersWallonia
Ultratop 50 SinglesTop 50Top 50
Ultratop 200 AlbumsTop 200Top 200
Ultratop CompilationsTop 20Top 20
Ultratop DanceTop 50Top 50
Ultratop UrbanTop 50N/A
Ultratop AirplayTop 30Top 30
Ultratop Alternative AlbumsTop 50N/A
Back Catalogue SinglesTop 50Top 50
Dance Bubbling UnderTop 20Top 20
Albums Belges / Belgische AlbumsTop 40Top 20
Mid PriceTop 20Top 20
Heatseekers AlbumsTop 20Top 20
Albums Classiques / Klassiek AlbumsTop 20Top 20
DVD Musicaux / Muziek-DVDTop 40Top 10
Ultratop VlaamsTop 10N/A
Radio 2 VlaamsTop 10N/A
Vlaams KidsTop 5N/A

Ultratip

In addition to the main Ultratop 50, another weekly singles chart known as Ultratip is published. Also referred to as the Tipparade, it is an indicator chart of commercially available singles, with chart positions based on a combination of sales and airplay, i.e., the number of times a song is played on the radio or television, coupled with the calculated audience size for each station, region and language.

Ultratip differs from the Ultratop charts, in that it depends on both airplay and sales, whereas Ultratop charts are based solely on sales. A song cannot chart on the Ultratop chart on airplay figures alone. [2]

Ultratop charts

FlandersWallonia
Ultratop 100 [5] Ultratop 50 [6]

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References

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  6. http://www.ultratop.be/fr/weekchart.asp?cat=st