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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,[1] 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.[2] BEA is listed as the local record industry association in Belgium by the IFPI.[3]

Belgian Entertainment Association
Belgian Entertainment Association logo.jpg
The logo of the Belgian Entertainment Association
AbbreviationBEA
FormationFebruary 1, 2008; 11 years ago (2008-02-01)
Region served
Belgium
Websitewww.belgianentertainment.be

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Sales chartsEdit

The publication of sales charts in Belgium is done through Ultratop, a non-profit organization created BEA. Due to the cultural differences in Belgium, separate charts are published for the Dutch-speaking Flanders region and the French-speaking Wallonia region. In Flanders the most important charts are the Ultratop 50 singles and the Ultratop 50 albums. In Wallonia the most important charts are the Ultratop 40 singles.[4]

CertificationsEdit

Through Ultratop, BEA certifies albums, singles and DVDs. The thresholds are as follows.

Albums and singlesEdit

The current thresholds for albums, in effect at least since April 2007,[5] distinguish between local, French or Dutch speaking albums ("domestic"), and international or non French or Dutch speaking ones ("international"). For domestic repertoire the threshold for Gold album is 10,000 units and the threshold for Platinum is 20,000 units. For international repertoire the threshold for Gold is 15,000 units and the threshold for Platinum is 30,000. Jazz and Classical repertoire shares the thresholds with the domestic repertoire.[6][7] The same levels apply for singles as well.[7]

The IFPI award certification list of October 2007 lists the same thresholds for albums, but older thresholds for singles. For domestic repertoire the threshold for Gold single was 15,000 units and the threshold for Platinum single was 30,000 units. For international repertoire the threshold for Gold was 25,000 units and the threshold for Platinum was 50,000 units.[8] An earlier list from the beginning of 2006 lists these older thresholds for albums as well.[9]

DVDsEdit

The current thresholds for DVDs distinguish between Belgian products sold in one locality, Belgian products sold nationwide, and foreign products. For Belgian-local products, the thresholds are 7,500 units for Gold, 15,500 units for Platinum and 25,500 units for Diamond. For Belgian-nationwide products, the thresholds are 15,000 units for Gold, 30,000 units for Platinum and 50,000 units for Diamond. For foreign products, the thresholds are 25,000 units for Gold, 50,000 units for Platinum and 100,000 units for Diamond.[7][10] The same levels are listed since at least October 2007.[8]

ArchiveEdit

An archive of past certifications going back to 1997 is available at the Ultratop website.[11][12]

List of certified albumsEdit

The following is a list of albums that have been certified by the Belgian Entertainment Association.

GoldEdit

PlatinumEdit

Multi-platinumEdit

Two timesEdit

Three timesEdit

Four timesEdit

Five timesEdit

Six timesEdit

Seven timesEdit

Eight timesEdit

Twelve timesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FAQ - Belgian Entertainment Association". belgianentertainment.be. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Mission - Belgian Entertainment Association". belgianentertainment.be (in French). Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Links – Local record industry associations". ifpi.org. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  5. ^ Pichevin, Aymer (July 28, 2007). "Global Pulse". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 119 (30): 43. ISSN 0006-2510. reached cold certification in Belgium (10000). Note: refers to Inventaire, a French speaking album released in April 2007
  6. ^ "Disques d'or - de platine". belgianentertainment.be (in French). 10 April 2008. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "Certification Award Levels" (PDF). IFPI. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26.
  8. ^ a b "Certification Award Levels" (PDF). IFPI. October 2007.
  9. ^ "RIAJ Yearbook 2005" (PDF). RIAJ. 2006. p. 23.
  10. ^ "Statut d'or - de platine - de diamant". belgianentertainment.be (in French). 1 January 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Awards 1997". Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Gold and Platinum Certifications – 2011". Retrieved 15 May 2011.

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