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Encyclopedia > Guinness Book of British Hit Singles
The cover of the 1989 7th edition of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles

Guinness World Records - British Hit Singles & Albums is a music reference book, published in the United Kingdom, by Hit Entertainment, the company that owns such children's entertainment 'brands' as Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine. Image File history File links Guinness_Book_Of_British_Hit_Singles_7th_Edition_1988_book_cover. ... Image File history File links Guinness_Book_Of_British_Hit_Singles_7th_Edition_1988_book_cover. ... Music is a form of expression in the medium of time using the structures of tones and silence. ... HIT Entertainment PLC was established in 1989 and was originally the international distribution arm of Jim Henson Productions called Henson International Television, However following the death of Jim Henson in 1990 the business was sold to several members of the companys management and renamed HIT Entertainment to prevent any... Bob the Builder Bob the Builder is a stop-motion animated childrens TV programme about the adventures of a construction contractor and his friends. ... Thomas the Tank Engine. ...


Guinness World Records - British Hit Singles & Albums is generally considered to be the authoritative reference source for both the UK Singles Chart (since its inception in 1952) and UK Albums Chart. It lists all the singles and albums ever to have made the UK Top 75 Charts in alphabetical order by both artist and song title, with date of chart entry, highest position, catalogue number, and number of weeks on the chart. Its sources are the New Musical Express chart from November 1952 to March 1960, and the Record Retailer (later Music Week) chart thereafter. Many observers have argued that this division is misleading, since the Record Retailer chart was little-known until it was adopted by the BBC in 1969, and that by adopting this chart as its standard from the earliest opportunity, the editors were effectively "re-writing" chart history. An example often given is the case of The Beatles' second single "Please Please Me" which was recognised as a number one hit by every other publicly-available chart but not by Record Retailer, and therefore not by British Hit Singles. Other records to which this applies include "19th Nervous Breakdown" by The Rolling Stones and the Eurovision Song Contest entry "Are You Sure" by The Allisons. Co-founder Jo Rice has defended the book's choice of source material on the grounds that Record Retailer was the only chart to consistently publish a Top 50 from 1960 onwards (as opposed to other charts which published either a shorter listing, such as the NME, or a listing that shrunk over time, such as Melody Maker). The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a weekly magazine about popular music published in the UK. It is unlike many other popular music magazines due to its intended focus on guitar-based music and indie rock bands, instead of mainstream pop acts. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The Beatles were a pop and rock music group from Liverpool, England, who continue to be held in the very highest regard for their artistic achievements, their huge commercial success, and their ground-breaking role in the history of popular music. ... The Rolling Stones are a British rock band that rose to prominence during the British Invasion of the 1960s. ... Eurovision Song Contest logo. ... The Allisons were an English pop group consiting of two men, Bob Day and John Alford. ...


The first edition was published as the The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles in July 1977 and this title was merged with The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums in 2004 to form its current branding. There are a number of other chart reference books that have been released onto the market in the early 2000s, such as The Complete Book Of British Charts - Singles And Albums (Omnibus Press). For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Omnibus Press is a British publisher of books, primarily about music. ...


The founding editors of The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles were Paul Gambaccini, Tim Rice, Jonathan Rice, and Mike Read. Read left the team in the early 1990s, and the other editors resigned in 1996. The current editor is David Roberts and the book's chart consultant is Dave McAleer. Paul Matthew Gambaccini (born April 2, 1949, New York) is a radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom. ... Sir Tim Rice Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice, Kt (born 10 November 1944) is an English lyricist for musical theater, a radio presenter, television gameshow panelist and an author. ... Mike Read (born March 1, 1951) is an award-winning broadcaster from the UK, renowned for his work on both radio and television. ... David Roberts (October 24, 1796 - November 25, 1864), Scottish painter, was born at Stockbridge, Edinburgh. ... Dave McAleer is the Cheif Consultant / Contributer of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums. ...


The eighteenth edition of the book (2005) was billed as a 'Special Collector's Edition' as it featured detailed information on the 1,000 Number Ones in the UK Singles Chart from Al Martino - 'Here In My Heart' on 14 November 1952 to Elvis Presley - 'One Night / I Got Stung' (Limited Edition Collector's re-issue) in 22nd January 2005. The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Al Martino (born October 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Alfred Cini) is an American singer. ... Here in My Heart is a popular song. ... Elvis redirects here. ...


The nineteenth edition was officially published on 2nd June 2006 but was available in many stores in late May. A series of compilation albums, with editorial notes based on the book, were released in association with Sony BMG three days later. June 2 is the 153rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (154th in leap years), with 212 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up May in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


External links

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Uk Singles Chart (4101 words)
Singles that climb the charts and spend a number of weeks at a high position are now rare, and usually denote 'super' singles, which manage to enter the public consciousness and appeal to a wide range of people.
At that time singles usually took several weeks to climb to a high position in the charts, and it was rare and remarkable for a single to go straight in at number 1.
An effect of this competition for high chart positions is that a number of high-profile "battles" have taken place in which singles released on the same day have become the focus of media attention concerning which will sell the most copies in their first week and therefore enter the chart higher.
Guinness Book of British Hit Singles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (443 words)
Guinness World Records - British Hit Singles and Albums is a music reference book, published in the United Kingdom, by Hit Entertainment, the company that owns such children's entertainment 'brands' as Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Guinness World Records - British Hit Singles and Albums is generally considered to be the authoritative reference source for both the UK Singles Chart (since its inception in 1952) and UK Albums Chart.
The first edition was published as the The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles in July 1977 and this title was merged with The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums in 2004 to form its current branding.
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