MusicID Quick Start Guide

EXPLORE WHAT YOU CAN DO

SEARCH

Basic search: Enter a keyword to find matches in ALL fields: artist, album title, and single title.

Date search: Go straight to a specific chart by putting in a date, then selecting a country and chart from that country.

Advanced search: Enter a keyword to go straight to results for only that field, or find a specific chart date.

A date search like no other: Selecting a recording will show its sales pattern for months or years on either side of the date. View the story of each recording with MusicID’s infographics.

RESULTS

Three tabs: There are three tabs, artist, album, single. Click each to view results for that field.

Click the checkboxes to select as many results as you’d like in a single tab, then click NEXT.

LEFT SIDE BAR

Navigate your search results using the left side menu

  • Change format: Click Albums or Singles to change between those results
  • Source countries: Available source countries for your search are listed here. Click a country to view its available charts (whether you see album charts or singles charts will depend on the format you selected above)
  • Peak positions: Below the list of countries, you can limit your results by peak position, e.g. Top 10, Top 20, etc.
  • Export: Save a spreadsheet of the results you are viewing with “export data”
  • Want to know how far back in time a particular chart goes? Click “View ranking inception dates” to view a master list of our sources
  • Chart date: when viewing a single chart day, you can navigate forward or back a week here.

MAIN WINDOW

Here you can see the main data from your search.

  • Sorting your results
    • The default view is chronological
    • Click the head of a column to reorder your results by that field.
    • Artist, Label, First Charted Date, Most Recent Position, Peak Position, Weeks in Chart, Total Stream Count (Spotify, since 2018), Chart Name, Country.
  • Show on graph: Click the checkbox next to a title to display that item on the graph
    • Click the checkbox in the header to select all
  • Add to clipboard: Add items to your clipboard to save for later or combine with other searches by clicking the + next to the title
    • Once you add an item to the clipboard, it will appear in the lower right corner
    • Click “view on a new graph” to see a graph of everything on your clipboard
  • Go to source chart: click on the name of the chart to view the date a title first charted
  • Research folders: Create, edit, and view your research folders in the footer menu

GRAPHS

  • Default view: By default, graphs are shown chronologically, for all time
    • The date range being displayed is in the top right corner
    • The range is also shown along the X axis at the bottom of the image.
    • Drag the orange bars to change the date range
  • Hover over a point on a line to see more information.
  • Zoom: Select an area of a graph to zoom in and limit the time frame
    • To zoom all the way out, click “All” in the upper left (highlighted below with a blue box)
    • Zoom in along the Y access by limiting the ranking positions
  • Chronological view vs. absolute: You can view items chronologically or superimpose them as absolute values by clicking the “Sales Ranking” and “Absolute” buttons, respectively (highlighted above with a blue box).
  • Save your graph to a jpeg with the “Export Graph” button (also indicated in the blue box above)
  • World events: To see what was happening in the world at the time a record was in the chart, hover over a year beneath the image and click to open a summary of world events.
  • Combine searches: Use the clipboard to make graphs of items from multiple searches
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