15th November 2012

These charts showcase the diversity and vitality of independent music in Europe, featuring acts such as Orelsan, Die Toten Hosen, Basto, Two Door Cinema Club, and the continued success of Adele.

Successful new entries include R.I.O., who take the top spot in the charts for this quarter, while acts such as Cro, Hardwell and C2C also enjoy a strong performance. The Top 10 Climbers highlights Sandro Silva and Quintino’s leap to 40 in the charts, along with Major Lazer’s impressive climb to 23 from 80.

Jean Littolff, Managing Director, Nielsen Music Europe: “These third quarter 2012 airplay charts showcase independent music played on radio across Europe and they underline its energy, dynamism and success. Nielsen is delighted to be working with IMPALA on these unique charts and look forward to seeing the successes that fourth quarter chart highlights.” 


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These airplay charts are part of IMPALA’s bid to promote the brand of European independent music. This project, for the first time ever, monitors the success of independent music with dedicated pan-European charts. Produced by Nielsen Music as official charts provider for IMPALA, these charts bring increased coverage of independent artists’ successes, addressing both the requirements of the business for information and consumers’ needs for awareness and exposure. Putting a spotlight on the artists’ work and the labels that make it happen benefits the whole industry.

About Nielsen Music 

Nielsen Music is the measurement reference of the music industry, and the market data and research partner of choice for the music sector. Our locally based teams of research and music experts across Europe bring the best set of comprehensive, robust and quality insights to our music clients. Nielsen Music data allows the industry to access, understand and interrogate radio and music television airplay, digital download sales, internet behaviours and consumer generated media (buzz), complete advertising information and significant global consumer and ad-hoc research capabilities.

Nielsen Music is successfully working with more than 500 clients representing all elements of the music chain: record companies/music labels (majors and independents), radio and TV stations, music publishers, performing right organisations, artists and their management, digital media and services, mobile phone companies, retailers, the video game/gaming industry, consultancy firms, and the media. Nielsen Music ( is a part of Nielsen (, the leading global market research company. 


IMPALA was established in April 2000 to represent independent music companies. 99% of Europe’s music companies are SMEs. Known as the “independents”, they are world leaders in terms of innovation and discovering new music and artists – they produce more than 80% of all new releases. SME’s also produce 80% of Europe’s jobs. Their potential is enormous but is hampered by complex barriers to trade and severe market access problems.

IMPALA has its own award schemes to help promote cultural diversity and new talent and highlight the artistic contribution of independent music. IMPALA award winning artists include Efterklang, Adele, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Carla Bruni, Manu Chao, Corneille, Katie Melua, Franz Ferdinand, The Prodigy, Placebo and Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club).


More press information

Didier Gosset, 

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Helena Kosinski, 
International Marketing Manager 
Nielsen Music 

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