Frequently Asked Questions
expand What is a "T" Disc?

The T disc is the weekly hit update CD which is shipped either weekly or monthly based on the type of subscription you have selected. Each CD is identified by its' serial number. The "T" discs started with the serial number T100 in 1992. Every Top Hits U.S.A. service includes all weekly "T" discs. There is a CD issued for each of the 52 weeks per year.

The "T" disc contains 18 or 19 tracks divided into the following categories;

  • Adult Contemporary
  • Hot Top-40
  • Country
  • Bonus Track

  • The bonus track is an extra release which can be drawn from a variety of formats. The format will change each week. The bonus track is designed to offer exposure to a track which may find application in a variety of formats.

    expand What is a "C" Disc?

    The "C" Disc is the weekly hit update only on the MP3 and Top Hits Direct Audio Download Service. Each "C" disc is identified by its serial number. The "C" discs started with the serial number C100 in August 2006. There is a "C" disc issued for each of the 52 weeks per year.

    The "C" disc contains 18 tracks divided into the following categories;

  • Rock/Alternative
  • Urban/Rap
  • Dance Remixes
  • Bonus Track

  • The bonus track is an extra release which can be drawn from a variety of formats. The format will change each week. The bonus track is designed to offer exposure to a track which may find application in a variety of formats.

    expand What do the numbers following the title and artist mean on the sleeve artwork?

    You might see an entry like this for each track on the Top Hits U.S.A. CD sleeve artwork:

    02-[084] TOP HITS U.S.A. THEME (Radio Edit) RPM STAFF (420)-413/F/20-CO-A

    Here is what it all means:

    “02” – is the track as it appears on the CD

    “[084] – Is the BPM or Beats Per Minute – listed on the sleeve artwork ONLY. It's not on the CD itself. BPM is the tempo of the song. BPM data is also contained in the downloadable text file for Top Hits U.S.A. Music Library available on this site. Note that only the more recent releases have BPM data provided.

    “TOP HITS U.S.A. THEME” – is the title of the song

    “(Radio Edit)” – is the specific version of the song released to radio

    “RPM STAFF” – name of the artist

    “(420)” – is the total running time for the track from start to end including the fade.

    “413” – is the EOM or end of message time. This is the time when you would start another track to create a polished blend of two tracks. This is also the time when the Ultrasonic-Q tone is placed on the CD. This tone is inaudible and can be used to automatically start the next program event for unattended broadcast operations.

    “F” – indicates that this track ends with a gradual Fade. If the track ended suddenly with no fade, it would be designated with a Cold ending or “C”.

    “17” – indicates the intro time. There is 17 seconds of instrumental music before the singer(s) begins the first verse.

    “CO” – is an abbreviation for the record label the song is released on. (i.e. CO = Columbia)

    “A” indicates that this track is licensed through the ASCAP organization. Other entries in this field are 'B' for BMI, 'S' for SESAC or 'N' for No Data Available.

    expand Who can receive Top Hits U.S.A. service?

    Top Hits U.S.A. service is available only to the following clients:

  • Radio, satellite and cable stations.
  • Professional/Club DJ's
  • Radio DJ's
  • Radio syndication producers.

  • This service is not available to the general public. You must qualify before we can provide service.

    expand What if I receive a damaged disc?

    If you receive a damaged or unplayable disc with a shipment, call us at 800.521.2537 or email info@tophitsusa.com and we will replace it for free.

    expand What if I damage or break a disc during use?

    RPM will replace it free of charge if the disc is still available. This does not apply to damage caused by poor handling, fire, theft or any other casualty. RPM reserves the right to limit the number of replacements made for each client.

    expand What if a disc is lost or stolen?

    We do not replace lost or stolen discs

    expand Can I order back issues of weekly or recurrent discs?

    Yes. If you are an active RPM client, you can order back issues of any T or R disc subject to availability of the CD.

    expand Can I order multiple copies of the Top Hits U.S.A. service?

    You can order a reasonable number of copies of the service. Check with a representative for details.

    expand What about music licensing?

    RPM has entered into agreements with all record labels providing product for the Top Hits U.S.A. service. Our agreements authorize us to provide our services exclusively to Radio, Satellite and Cable stations as well as Radio and Professional/Club DJ's and certain other client categories.

    As an authorized recipient of the service you must retain the music for your own use in connection with your professional activities. You are not permitted to provide the music to another party or to sell the music to anyone. You may not make copies of any of the music. RPM is obligated under our agreements with the record labels to immediately terminate service to any recipient who is found to be in violation of any of these provisions.

    Broadcast stations must be licensed with ASCAP, BMI & SESAC to broadcast the music and Dance Clubs must also have proper licensing in place to publicly perform the music.

    Failure to observe these rules will result in immediate termination of service from RPM and may also result in severe criminal and civil penalties.

    expand How are the Top Hits U.S.A. discs shipped?

    All shipments up to 14 discs will be mailed first class through the United States Postal Service. Packages that contain 15 discs and up will be shipped UPS Ground unless specified by the client (UPS does not ship to PO Boxes). Priority Mail and Air deliveries are an option for an additional charge.

    expand What are my payment options?

    All purchases with RPM are on a pre-payment basis. All music must be paid for before it is received. We accept three types of payment: Check, Money Order or Credit/Debit Card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).

    We have two options in which you can pay for your subscription. The first option is automatic billing and this is done on the first day of each month, 30 days ahead of ship date. For example, January 1, we process the billing for February's shipment, February 1; we process the billing for March's shipment and so on. The second option would be to pay for your subscription on a month to month basis.

    Clients who have an unpaid balance will receive a mailed statement showing the account balance and balance due (if necessary).

    At the end of each year, each client will receive a year-end invoice for tax purposes.

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