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BPIOCC 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 childrens entertainment brands as Bob the Builder and Thomas... Music from the United Kingdom has achieved great international popularity since the 1960s, when a wave of British musicians helped to popularise rock and roll. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ... Previously Chart Information Network (CIN). ...

Charts
Singles chart (#1s; Records)
Albums chart (#1s)
Download chart (#1s)
This is a list of the number one hits in the UK Singles Chart, from its inception in 1952 to the present. ... Since the inception of the UK Singles Chart in 1952 there have been various records to break, including most chart toppers, longest run at number one, biggest selling single etc. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of the number one hits in the UK Albums Chart, from its inception in 1956 to the present. ... The UK Official Download Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... This is a list of the number one hits in the UK Official Download Chart, from its inception on 1 September 2004 to the present. ...

Awards
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NME Awards
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Periods
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The diverse nations that now make up the United Kingdom were much more distinct from each other prior to modern times. ... Indigenous styles of music production and performance dominated the United Kingdom until the late 1950s, when imported American rock and roll, pop-folk and rockabilly gained fans among British youth, while American roots music, especially the blues, found its own devoted fanbase. ... In the 1970s, music from the United Kingdom further diversified. ... In the early 1980s, the death of Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols) and the alleged selling-out of bands like The Clash and The Jam led to still-frequent cries that punk is dead. ... In the early 1990s, American alternative rock bands became mainstream in the US and achieved great popularity in the UK as well. ...

Origins and influences
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Genres
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Major music publications
NMEMelody Maker
Music WeekRecord Collector
Record MirrorRecord Retailer
Smash HitsSounds
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Timeline
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20062007 • 2008 • (full list) 1991 The Simpsons reached number 1 with Do The Bartman in January 1991, even though the actual series wasnt to premiere on UK Terrestrial TV until 1996 Enigma - Sadness Part 1 January 13 for 1 week Queen - Innuendo January 20 for 1 week The KLF featuring Children of The... This is a summary of 1992 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... 1993 These are the UK number one albums of the year: Genesis - Live - The Way We Walk Volume 2: The Longs January 23 for 2 weeks Little Angels - Jam February 6 for 1 week The Cult - Pure Cult February 13 for 1 week Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Words Of Love... This is a summary of 1994 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 1995 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 1996 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 1997 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 1998 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 1999 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 2000 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 2001 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 2002 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 2003 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 2004 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year. ... This is a summary of 2005 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts. ... This is a summary of the current year in the United Kingdom including the official single and album charts. ... This is a summary of the year 2007 in British music // 2007 began with the introduction of new chart rules meaning that all songs legally downloaded over the internet can count towards chart positions, whether or not a physical version of a song is available to purchase. ...

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The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. The chart week runs from Sunday to Saturday, with the chart being printed in Music Week magazine, and published online at Yahoo! Music UK (formerly Dotmusic)[1]. Around 6,500 UK retail outlets contribute sales data, as well as several online digital download stores and sweet shops. Unlike in the USA, no airplay statistics are used for the official UK Singles Chart. Most UK singles are released in record shops on a Monday. Previously Chart Information Network (CIN). ... Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ... A 1999 issue (#35) of the LAUNCH disk magazine, a precursor of LAUNCHcast. ... Dotmusic was an internet music site that existed as a stand alone website from June 1995 to December 2003. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...


The main chart contains the top 200 singles combining record sales and downloads 50/50, of which the Top 75 is generally considered the official chart - though only the top 40 is commonly reported to the wider public. The Top 75 singles and albums charts, including songwriter, producer, publisher and label credits, plus a wide selection of other sales charts, are published each week in Music Week magazine. The complete charts, including the Top 200 Singles and Top 200 Artist Albums, are published by independent chart newsletter ChartsPlus on Wednesdays. Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ...


According to the Official UK Charts Company's statistics, as of 8 June 2008, 1,073 singles had topped the UK singles chart. The precise number is debatable due to the profusion of different competing charts during the 50s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, although the usual list used is that endorsed by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and subsequently adopted by The Official UK Charts Company. As of 8 June 2008 the current number one is "Singin' in the Rain" by Mint Royale. is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... 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 childrens entertainment brands as Bob the Builder and Thomas... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Gene Kelly performing in Singin in the Rain For other meanings, see Singin in the Rain. ... Mint Royale is an big beat electronica duo from Britain, comprised of Neil Claxton and Chris Baker and who are best known for their remixes. ...


The Top 40 is currently, and always has been, revealed first by BBC Radio 1, even before it is posted on the OCC's own website. Radio 1 broadcasts the Top 40, in reverse order, on Sundays from 4pm to 7pm. Mark Goodier and Bruno Brookes are famous for having been the presenters of this chart show for many years. Since October 2007, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates have presented the chart show. Cotton is the first ever permanent female presenter of the Official Chart Show.[citation needed] A rival chart, hit40uk, which is based on sales and airplay, is broadcast on more than 100 commercial local radio stations. BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... Mark Goodier (born 28th June 1961 in Rhodesia) is one of the most familiar voices on British radio. ... Bruno Brookes (born Trevor Neal Brookes in Stoke-on-Trent, 25th April, 1959) is a British radio presenter who shot to fame in the 1980s. ... October 2007 is the tenth month of that year. ... Fearne Marie Cotton (born 3 September 1982) is an British television presenter and DJ. Known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and Red Nose Day, she can also now be heard co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast show with Reggie... Reginald Reggie Yates (born 31 May 1983 in Archway, London, England) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular childrens series Grange Hill. ... hit40uk is a networked music singles chart broadcast on a number of UK commercial radio stations every Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. ...

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History

Early charts

The first British singles chart was published in the November 14, 1952 edition of the New Musical Express (NME). It was at first little more than a gimmick, a tool in the circulation war against NME's much older (and more popular) rival Melody Maker. The chart, described as a top 12 although the first one actually listed 15 records due to tied positions, was the creation of the paper's advertising manager, Percy Dickins, who compiled it by telephoning around 20 major record stores and aggregating their sales reports. He would continue to personally oversee the compilation of the chart well into the 1960s. is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... This article is about the music newspaper. ...


The chart rapidly became one of the paper's most popular features. After only a few weeks, it started being quoted in record company advertisements and press releases. In October 1954 it expanded to a Top 20 and in April 1956 to a Top 30. The chart also spawned imitators; Record Mirror launched its own chart in 1955 and Melody Maker on 7th April 1956. Record Mirror was a British weekly music newspaper. ... This article is about the music newspaper. ...


The forerunner of today's official chart first appeared in the music trade publication Record Retailer (now Music Week) in March 1960 as a Top 50, but was not immediately recognised as the definitive chart in the country. Arguably, the NME chart was still the most recognised chart, and had the advantage of widespread exposure due to its use by Radio Luxembourg. Throughout the sixties, the various different charts vied for public recognition, leading to some historical anomalies - for example, The Beatles' second single "Please Please Me" was a number one on most charts, but not in Record Retailer. To add to the confusion, the chart used by the BBC on their popular shows Pick of the Pops and Top Of The Pops was actually calculated by averaging out all the others, and so did not agree with any of them, and was prone to tied positions, the most notorious example being when three records (The Beach Boys "Do It Again", The Bee Gees "I've Gotta Get a Message to You", and Herb Alpert's "This Guy's In Love With You") tied at Number 1 in Summer 1968. There were also charts, such as that used in the mid 1960s by the "pirate" station Radio London (the "Fab 40"), which, because of the size of the audience, were influential, but were essentially airplay charts (allegedly influenced by payola) and bore no relation to sales. UK trade paper for the record industry. ... Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ... Radio Luxembourg is a commercial radio station that has broadcast in many languages in conjunction with a television service operated from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article is about the album. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Pick of the Pops was a BBC radio programme based on the Top 20 UK singles chart and first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1955, transferring to BBC Radio 1 when the latter launched in 1967. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... The Beach Boys, originally the Beech Boys, a small team of four brothers from the south of Poland, emigrated to America in the early 1950s in search of a fortune to be made in the Arizonian logging industry. When it soon became evident they had been the victims of... Do It Again was a single which was released by The Beach Boys in 1968 on Capitol Records. ... The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of the 20th century. ... Ive Gotta Get A Message To You is a song recorded by the Bee Gees in 1968. ... Herbert Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935) is an American musician most associated with the group variously known as Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass or as Herb Alperts Tijuana Brass or just TJB for short. ... This Guys in Love with You is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and recorded by Herb Alpert. ... The term Pirate Radio usually refers to illegal or unregulated radio transmission. ... Wonderful Radio Londons transmitter ship, the MV Galaxy Don Pierson in 1964 Wonderful Radio London also known as Big L, was a top 40 (in Londons case, the Fab 40) offshore commercial station that operated from 16 December 1964 to 14 August 1967, from a ship anchored in... Airplay is a technical term used in the radio industry to state how frequently a song is being played on a radio station. ... Payola, in the American music industry, is the illegal practice of payment or other inducement by record companies for the broadcast of recordings on music radio, in which the song is presented as being part of the normal days broadcast. ...


In February 1969 a truly reliable, official chart emerged, from an alliance between the BBC and Record Retailer. For the first time a professional polling organisation, BMRB, was commissioned to oversee the chart, and a pool of 500 record shops was used, more than twice as many as had been used for any previous chart. The new Official Top 50, computer-compiled for the first time, was inaugurated in the week ending 12 February 1969. Since then it, and its successors, have been published every week by Record Retailer and then Music Week. BMRB (British Market Research Bureau) is the longest established market research agency in Britain, dating from 1933. ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... UK trade paper for the record industry. ... Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ...


In May 1978, the singles chart was expanded from a Top 50 to a Top 75.


Electronic Age

In January 1983, BMRB lost their contract to Gallup, who arranged for electronic data gathering to replace the old sales diary method of compilation, which as well as being reliant on the smooth running of the postal service (as had been demonstrated by a two month long postal strike in early 1971), was also vulnerable to anyone wanting to manipulate the charts (as revealed in a 1980 exposé by World in Action). Although Gallup had been producing the charts since 1983, the first chart terminals appeared in record shops in 1984. As a result, in October 1987, it was now possible for the chart, incorporating sales up to close of business on Saturday, to be announced on Sunday afternoon, rather than being delayed until Tuesday (or even Wednesday following a bank holiday) as was previously the case. From this time on, the Sunday BBC Radio 1 chart show would broadcast a new chart for the first time rather than give the final rundown of a chart that had been around for the past five days. See: Gallup poll (opinion poll) Gallup, New Mexico ... World in Action was an investigative current affairs series produced by Granada Television in the United Kingdom from 1963 to 1998. ...


The chart was still officially a Top 75, and has been ever since. However, in January 1983 Gallup started producing a "Next 25" section, i.e. positions 76-100, and this was printed in the official trade magazine Music Week and also Record Mirror from then on. This section was not however an accurate reflection of sales. Discs that that been falling by more than a certain amount were excluded, allowing others to climb to positions they did not really hold. If a former hit showed a small increase in sales (perhaps by being sold at cut-price to clear the last few copies from stores quickly), it appeared as a re-entry when it had actually only gone back up a few places. Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ...


By 1990 costs to produce the charts had risen to over £600,000. Gallup sampled (depending on source) 900 or 1,500 stores each week. The trade association of UK record companies, British Phonographic Industry Ltd. (BPI), announced in January the termination of the contracts with Gallup, Music Week and the BBC for 30 June 1990. On 1 July 1990, the publishing company of Music Week, Spotlight Publications/Link House Magazines, formed a new independent company, Chart Information Network Ltd. (CIN), to commission the charts. CIN co-operated with Gallup, the BBC and the British Association of Record Dealers (BARD). Initially the BPI refused to get involved in CIN's Chart Supervisory Committee (CSC) or to authorise the charts. See: Gallup poll (opinion poll) Gallup, New Mexico ... is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


In November 1990, the "Next 25" section of the UK singles chart, i.e., positions 76–100 with specially applied rules, ceased to be printed in the official trade magazine Music Week. Between 24 November 1990 and 6 April 1991, only Record Mirror continued to print the "Next 25". Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ... is the 328th day of the year (329th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ...


In January 1991, CIN became a joint-venture between Music Week publisher Spotlight/Link House and the BPI. Each part pays 50% of the cost of the charts, which had then risen to £1 million, but also shares equally in the revenue. The CSC now comprised members from Music Week, CIN, Gallup, the BBC, BARD, and the BPI. Subsequently CIN sought to open new marketing opportunities and sponsorship deals; these included premium-rate fax and telephone services and chart newsletters, Charts+Plus (published from May 1991 to November 1994) and Hit Music (published from September 1992 to May 2001).


From May 1991, the newly established newsletter "ChartsPlus" featured the singles charts with positions 76–200 (plus artist albums positions 76–150, Top 50 compilations, and several genre and format charts. In September 1992, a second newsletter was created: "Hit Music" features, among other charts, the singles Top 75 plus a revived "Next 25".


In early 1993, tenders were sought for the chart compilation contract. Gallup's contract was to run out by the end of January 1994. In April 1993, BARD renewed its contracts with CIN. The BARD member companies were to provide sales data exclusively to CIN. In May 1993, CIN announced that Millward Brown, subsidiary of global advertising, media and communications conglomerate WPP (headed by Sir Martin Sorrell), had won the chart contract. The main points of discussion were the rising costs, advances in technology, and better access to data. CIN would control the analysis of data and also own the copyright in all of Millward Brown's research. Millward Brown is a global market research company,[2] with its headquarters based in the United Kingdom. ...


On 1 February 1994, Millward Brown took over as compiler of the CIN charts. The initial size of the sample was 1,250, rising to 1,600 by April 1994. The first chart based on Millward Brown data was published on 6 February 1994 (chart date: 12 February 1994). is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...


In November 1994, ChartsPlus ceased publication, and Hit Music expanded its chart coverage to an uncompressed (in other words, not applying any special rules) Top 200 Singles, Top 150 Artists Albums and Top 50 Compilations. In November 1996 the Artist Albums chart extended to a Top 200.


In November 2001 Chart Information Network (CIN) changed its name to "The Official UK Charts Company". Previously Chart Information Network (CIN). ...


With its edition no.439 in May 2001, Hit Music ceased publication. By September 2001, chart enthusiast Herman Verkade entered a licensing agreement with CIN and created an independent new chart publication: ChartsPlus, covering the Top 75 Singles chart plus compressed positions 76–200, as well as the Top 200 artist albums chart, Top 50 compilations, and many other format and genre charts.


The Internet Age

In 2005 Wes Butters (who is also the one of the highest charting Radio 1 DJs with his Crazy Frog record) presented the last ever UK Top 40 concluding his time at Radio 1. The chart show was then radically re branded for the chart week ending 16 April, the first singles chart combining physical release sales with legal downloads began. Several test charts, and finally an actual download sales chart on its own, were published in 2004, but this combination within the official singles chart reflected a changing era, where sales of the physical single were falling while download sales were rising. On 17 April 2005, hosts JK and Joel commented during the broadcast on BBC Radio 1 that the incorporation of download sales had resulted in an approximate doubling of singles sales on the week. For the first week's combined chart, however, the impact of this doubling was not readily apparent at the top of the chart, although a few singles in the middle positions benefited. Wes Butters (born Wesley Lee-Butters in Salford, Greater Manchester, 4 May 1979), is an English radio broadcaster, formerly of BBC Radio 1, and now presenting on Galaxy Manchester. ... Crazy Frog is an animated character used in the marketing of a ring tone based on The Annoying Thing, a computer animation created by Erik Wernquist. ... is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Initially, the British Association of Record Dealers were worried about the popularity of downloading taking away business from the high street.[citation needed] They also complained that including singles that were not available physically would confuse customers and create gaps in stores' sale racks. But they did agree to the new rules provided that digital sales were only included to a single's sales tally so long as there was a physical equivalent sold in shops at the time. However, as there was no rule for the minimum number of pressings, Gorillaz got round this by releasing just 300 vinyl copies of their single "Feel Good Inc." on April 12, 2005, a month before its general release. This allowed it to debut in the chart at number 22 (eventually reaching number 2) and remain in the Top 40 for a longer period. For the Gorillazs self-titled debut album, see Gorillaz (album). ... Feel Good Inc. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


After pressure from elsewhere in the music industry, a second compromise was reached in 2006, which now allowed singles to chart on downloads the week before their physical release. Black Eyed Peas and Ne*Yo charted early as a result, and on April 2, 2006, "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley became the first song to top the charts on music download sales alone. As part of the revised rules, singles would now be removed from the chart two weeks after the deletion of the physical formats, which meant "Crazy" fell out of the chart 11 weeks later from number 5, and a subsequent chart-topper, Nelly Furtado's "Maneater", disappeared from number 10. This was in addition to the already in-force rule that in order to be eligible for the chart, the physical single had to have been released within the last twelve months. This article is about the American hip hop group. ... Ne-Yo (born Shaffer Chimere Smith on October 18, 1982 in Arkansas) is a Puerto Rican American R&B singer-songwriter currently signed to Def Jam Records. ... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alternate covers Promotional CD and digital download single cover Crazy is the first single from Gnarls Barkley, a musical collaboration between Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo, and is taken from their 2006 debut album St. ... Gnarls Barkley is an American musical collaboration between multi-instrumentalist and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) from New York, and rapper/vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), from Atlanta. ... Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Grammy, Juno Award, ECHO and BRIT Award winning Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist, who also holds a Portuguese citizenship. ... Audio sample Info Maneater (help· info) Alternate covers Australian Single Cover Maneater is a pop rock/dance-pop song written by Nelly Furtado, Timothy Timbaland Mosley, Jim Beanz and Nate Danja Hills for Furtados third album, Loose. ...


Over the coming months digital sales continued to increase whilst physical sales continued to fall, which saw more and more artists entering the top 40 early, and fewer and fewer singles entering the chart directly at number 1. Whilst initially the proportion of digital sales to physical sales in the combined tally was relatively low, a majority of singles are now seeing more than 50% of their sales coming from online. Sales through mobile phones and video downloads are now also counted, but it is no longer expected that sales data of ringtones will ever be included.


On January 1, 2007 the integration of downloaded music into the charts became complete when all downloads - with or without a physical equivalent - became eligible to chart. This saw a few singles gain publicity: the aforementioned "Crazy" and "Maneater", still selling strongly on downloads some time after their physical equivalents had been deleted, both returned to the chart along with several others that had been removed in the preceding months. "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol surged back in at a Top 10 position (number 9, just three places below the peak it had reached the previous September), while Honey to the Bee by Billie Piper, following a tongue-in-cheek promotional push by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles to test out the new chart rules, reappeared at number 17, almost eight years after its original chart run. is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Chasing Cars is the third single from Snow Patrols fourth album, Eyes Open. ... Snow Patrol are a Grammy Award-nominated alternative rock band which formed in Scotland, with the majority of their members being from Bangor and Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... Honey to the Bee is a single by Billie released in 1999. ... Billie Paul Piper (born Leanne Paul Piper[1] on 22 September 1982) is an British actress. ... DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... Christopher Moyles (born February 22, 1974[2]) is an English broadcaster. ...


The second song to return to the Top 40 several years after its first hit run was I'll Be Missing You by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans, which reappeared at number 32 a full decade after it originally topped the chart. The impetus this time was Puff Daddy's recent performance of a new version of the track at the Princess Diana Memorial Concert at Wembley. Two months later Luciano Pavarotti's Nessun Dorma returned to the chart at number 24 in the week following his death, 17 years after it was first a hit, climbing subsequently to number 12, while a drumming gorilla in a Dairy Milk television advert helped In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins to climb to number 14, 26 years after it was first a hit and 19 years since its last chart appearance as a re-mix. None of these songs had been officially re-issued. Ill Be Missing You is a song and hit single recorded by Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Notorious B.I.G., who was murdered on March 9, 1997. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an American record producer and CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the driving forces in hip hop in the mid to late 1990s. ... Faith Renée Evans (born June 10, 1973) is a Grammy Award-winning American R&B singer, songwriter and producer. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961–31 August 1997), commonly, but incorrectly, known as Princess Diana, was for fifteen years the wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ... For the old stadium, see Wembley Stadium (1923). ... Luciano Pavarotti performing on June 15, 2002 at a concert in the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI[1] (October 12, 1935 – September 6, 2007) was a celebrated Italian tenor in operatic music, who successfully crossed into popular music becoming one of the most... Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep) is an aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccinis opera Turandot,[1] and is one of the best known tenor arias in all opera. ... The bar packaging designs of last 102 years, with the oldest to the back Dairy Milk is a brand of chocolate bar made by Cadbury. ... In the Air Tonight is a song by Phil Collins which first appeared on his 1981 album, Face Value. ... For other uses, see Phil Collins (disambiguation). ...


Blag, Steal and Borrow by KOOPA became the first song to chart without ever being released physically (and the first by an unsigned band to do so). Later in the year they would do it again twice, with One Off Song for the Summer and The Crash reaching #21 and #16 respectively, while the band remained unsigned until the following year. Blag, Steal And Borrow is the fourth single by English punk band KOOPA. It was released as a download only single on January 8, 2007. ... KOOPA is an Indie Rock band from Essex in England. ...


Following the cancellaton of its physical release Say It Right by Nelly Furtado was the first Top 10 hit to get through its entire chart career without a single copy ever appearing in any shop. "Lord Don't Slow Me Down" by Oasis became the second and "Violet Hill" by Coldplay the third, while "Candyman" by Christina Aguilera had a chart run that took it into the Top 20 (number 17) entirely on downloads. Audio sample Info Say It Right (help· info) Say It Right is a pop/R&B song written by Nelly Furtado, Timothy Timbaland Mosley and Nate Danja Hills for Furtados third album, Loose (2006). ... Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Grammy, Juno Award, ECHO and BRIT Award winning Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist, who also holds a Portuguese citizenship. ... Lord Dont Slow Me Down is a rockumentary film, looking back on British band Oasis Dont Believe the Truth world tour which took place from May 2005 to March 2006. ... Oasis are an English rock band that formed in Manchester in 1991. ... Coldplay are an English alternative rock band formed in London in 1997. ... Candyman is a pop song written by Christina Aguilera and Linda Perry for Aguileras third studio album Back to Basics (2006). ... This article is about the singer. ...


"4 Minutes" by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake became the seventh song (after the aforementioned "Crazy," Mika's "Grace Kelly," "Umbrella" by Rihanna, "About You Now" by Sugababes, "Mercy" by Duffy, and "American Boy" by Estelle featuring Kanye West) to reach number 1 on downloads alone. It has since joined the others in getting a physical release, but it is entirely possible that there will be future number 1 hits never released physically at all. Look up Madonna in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981[1]), sometimes known as JT, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. ... Mica Penniman (born 18 August 1983), known as Mika (IPA []), is a Lebanese-born, London-based singer who has a recording contract with Casablanca Records and Universal Music, and rose to fame around the end of 2006 and the start of 2007. ... Grace Kelly is a song by Mika released for download on 9 January 2007. ... For other uses, see Umbrella (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Rhianna or Rayhana. ... About You Now is a pop song written by Cathy Dennis and Dr. Luke for the Sugababes fifth studio album, Change (2007). ... Sugababes are a BRIT Award-winning English pop group trio from London. ... Estelle Swaray (born 18 January 1980), most widely known as Estelle and formerly Estelle is a female English hip-hop artist, singer and producer. ... Kanye Omari West (pronounced /kÉ‘njÉ›j/) (born June 8, 1977) is an American record producer and rapper who rose to fame in the mid 2000s. ...


One noticeable effect that the new chart rules have had, has been to show up the staying power of many downloads, especially if a physical copy is no longer (or never has been) available. Despite a seven-week gap in its chart run in late 2006 while ineligible under the old rules, Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars", mentioned earlier, has now clocked up 78 weeks on the chart, an amount bettered by only one other single in the whole of chart history (My Way by Frank Sinatra with 124 weeks). Rehab by Amy Winehouse, also still selling steadily, has made it to 57 weeks, putting it in 5th place in the all-time list; "Umbrella" (also mentioned earlier), is on 51 weeks; How To Save A Life by The Fray has reached 42; Shine and Patience, both by Take That, are on 42 and 39 weeks respectively, while numerous others have passed the 30-mark. These include two more Amy Winehouse titles (her guest vocal appearance on Mark Ronson's version of the Zutons' "Valerie" on 36 weeks, and Back To Black, which has made it to 34 weeks despite getting no higher than number 25), and also "Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado (also mentioned earlier), never released physically but which clocked up 31 weeks purely as a download. My Way has several meanings. ... Sinatra redirects here. ... Amy Winehouse U.S. singles chronology You Know Im No Good (2007) Rehab (2007) Tears Dry on Their Own (2007) Rehab is a soul/jazz/R&B song written by English singer Amy Winehouse for her second studio album, Back to Black (2006). ... Amy-Jade Winehouse (born 14 September 1983) is an English soul, jazz, R&B singer and songwriter. ... This article is about the album. ... For other uses, see The Fray (disambiguation). ... Shine is a song by Take That, taken from their comeback album Beautiful World. ... Patience is a song released by the British boy band Take That. ... Take That are a British pop boy band formed by Nigel Martin Smith in Manchester in 1990. ... Mark Ronson (born 4 September 1975)[1] is the bastardised version of what is now called a English music producer, cover-artist and co-founder of Allido Records. ... The Zutons are a UK rock band consisting of : Abi Harding: Saxophone David McCabe: Lead Vocalist Boyan Chowdhury: Guitar Sean Payne: Drums Russell Pritchard: Bass The Zutons debut album Who Killed The Zutons? was a criticly acclaimed nominee for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize. ... Background Valerie is the mother of Ryu and Yua from Breath of Fire II. She has dragon wings, blue hair, and green eyes. ...


Another consequence of the new chart rules that was widely expected but which has not so far materialised to any great extent, is that in the event of a high-profile new album release by a major act, all or most of its tracks could appear on the singles chart due to people downloading individual songs rather than the complete album. With the exception of one or two tracks by Mika and also Arctic Monkeys, there was no significant example of this happening until early October 2007, with the cast of High School Musical 2 placing six of its songs simultaneously in the Top 75 (although these were credited to their individual performers), with a further four just outside. A month later Leona Lewis placed five tracks from her album Spirit simultaneously on the singles chart. A more pronounced example may come with the long-awaited arrival of the Beatles' catalogue online, with the most optimistic forecasters predicting the entire top 10 being taken up by Beatles songs.[1][2] Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band from High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. ... For the soundtrack, see High School Musical 2 (soundtrack). ... Leona Louise Lewis (born 3 April 1985) is a British singer and winner of the third series of The X Factor UK television talent show. ... Spirit is the second album by singer/songwriter Jewel, released in 1998 (see 1998 in music). ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ...


One effect of the new rules that was expected, was the reappearance in the chart of a number of seasonal favourites in the run-up to Christmas. A total of 19 achieved this, without any being officially re-issued, and so reappeared on downloads alone. Two of these (by Mariah Carey and The Pogues), reached the Top 5. Two more old yuletide songs, never previously hits in the UK, also charted, by Andy Williams and Perry Como. This article is about the singer. ... The Pogues are a band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk rock movement. ... For other persons named Andrew Williams, see Andrew Williams (disambiguation). ... Pierino Ronald Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American crooner. ...


New rules were added to the chart on 16 September 2007 to include one track CD singles with a limit of 15 minutes and to retail at a minimum of 69p per one track CD single.


Comparison of UK singles charts prior to 1969

  • New Musical Express (NME)

Launched the first UK singles sales chart (a top 12) on 14 November 1952, initially compiled on a points system, from a sample of 15-30 from a pool of 53 shops. The chart was expanded to a Top 20 from 1 October 1954, a Top 30 from 13 April 1956 and a Top 50 from April 1983. The sample size was initially 15-30 shops, expanded to 70 by the early 1960s and 150 by June 1963. NME compiled its own chart until 28 May 1988, after which it used the Network Chart (compiled by MRIB for broadcast on commercial radio in the UK in direct competition to the official chart show on Radio 1, and hosted at the time by David Jensen) for some years. is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... David Kid Jensen (*July 4, 1950 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born British radio DJ. // After beginning his career in his home country at the age of sixteen, joined Radio Luxembourg at the age of eighteen in 1968. ...

  • Record Mirror

Launched a top 10 singles chart on 22 January 1955, later expanded to a Top 20 and then Top 30. Discontinued in March 1962 when Record Mirror began taking the Record Retailer chart. is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ...

  • Radio Luxembourg

Radio Luxembourg was hugely influential in the 1950s and 1960s, but never had its own chart. It launched a Top 20 based on Melody Maker's sheet music chart as early as 1948 and switched to using the NME Top 20 singles sales chart at the start of 1960. During the 1970s, the chart fractured into multiple genre charts.

  • Melody Maker

Launched a Top 10 singles sales chart in April 1956, alongside (but eventually superseding) the sheet music chart it launched ten years earlier. The chart became a Top 50 in September 1962. Its sample size was 30 at launch, expanding to 110 by 1963, 150 by 1965 and 220 by the time it merged with the Disc chart in August 1967.

  • Disc & Music Echo

Launched a top 20 singles chart in February 1958, based on a sample of 25 shops. It expanded to a Top 30 with a sample of c.75-100 shops by 1966. The chart became a Top 50 in April 1966 and merged with Melody Maker's chart in August 1967. Due to Disc's lower circulation and smaller sample size, its chart is not generally considered as important as other charts of the same period.

  • Record Retailer

Trade magazine Record Retailer launched a Top 50 singles chart on 10 March 1960. Its sample was only 30 shops to begin with, growing to 40 by March 1962, 60 by March 1963 and 80 by 1969. This was the only major singles chart to exclude EPs, which had their own separate chart until 30 November 1967. EPs were allowed into the main singles chart from that point on, just in time for The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour to enjoy a chart run which peaked at #2. is the 69th day of the year (70th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Magical Mystery Tour is an album by British rock band The Beatles, first released in late November 1967. ...

  • British Broadcasting Corporation

Introduced Pick of the Pops on 4 October 1955, fortnightly until the end of the year, then weekly thereafter, based on an average of the Record Mirror and NME singles charts (and probably also Melody Maker from April 1956). Pick of the Pops was a BBC radio programme based on the Top 20 UK singles chart and first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1955, transferring to BBC Radio 1 when the latter launched in 1967. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ...


Building the canon

While the BBC/Record Retailer chart is almost universally accepted as definitive for the period from February 1969 onwards, there is some controversy over which charts should be considered "correct" prior to this. The most common solution to this problem is to regard the Record Retailer chart as the correct one from its inception in 1960, and the NME chart before that. This approach originated with the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles, first published in 1977. However, it may be argued that almost nobody considered the Record Retailer chart to be canonical at the time of publication, at least until Record Mirror began publishing it as well. Some chart reference books simply take Record Mirror as their source from the start; this is the approach taken by The Top 20 Book compiled biannually by Tony Jasper from 1978 to 1994 and Rock File, an annual publication during the 1970s whose "Chart Log" feature was effectively the forerunner to "British Hit Singles", as well as numerous books by Dave McAleer. The result of this approach is a chart that begins in 1955, and joins up with the Record Retailer chart (and so agrees with the Guinness book) in 1962. For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ... 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 childrens entertainment brands as Bob the Builder and Thomas... Dave McAleer is the Cheif Consultant / Contributer of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums. ...


A case may also be made for considering the NME chart to be the correct one for at least part of the 1960s, since it was arguably the one followed by the most people. Similarly, Melody Maker's charts could be considered correct for the same period because they drew on the largest number of shops for their compilation. (However, the latter is less practical since unlike the NME charts, the Melody Maker charts have never been reprinted and are therefore difficult to obtain.) For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ...


The Official UK Charts Company have adopted the Guinness solution as defining the official chart canon, however different approaches continue to exist.


Criteria for inclusion

In order to qualify for inclusion in the UK singles chart, a single must meet the following criteria:

  • It must be available on one or more eligible formats. Eligible formats are CD, DVD, Vinyl, Cassette, digital download and flexi disc. Digital Compact Cassette and MiniDisc formats are not eligible.
  • All formats must contain the featured track or a version/remix of it.
  • Only three formats can be included in a single's sales. Sales of any additional formats are disregarded when calculating a single's chart position.
  • The single must meet a minimum dealer price requirement, to prevent record companies from making cut-price deals with retailers.
  • Each format must have no more than four different tracks on it, though each song may appear in any number of different versions.
  • The maximum running time for any format is 25 minutes if more than one different song is featured, or 40 minutes if only one song is featured in multiple versions/mixes.
  • A "mini CD" format is now recognised for chart purposes. It can have a running time of up to ten minutes and can feature no more than two tracks. It must be a 8 cm CD and sold in a single jewelcase. Its minimum price requirement is lower than the regular CD single. This cheaper alternative was first recognised in October 2003 as part of a drive to make singles more attractive to buyers in the face of widespread music downloading, despite this size of CD being used in many other countries (such as Japan) for single releases for many years.

The full chart regulations also place limits on how chart singles can be packaged and what free gifts can be offered to purchasers. The full regulations can be downloaded from the Official UK Chart Company website or obtained by post from them. CD redirects here. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Typical 60-minute Compact Cassette. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Flexi disc in a magazine The flexi disc is a phonograph record made of a thin vinyl sheet with a molded-in spiral stylus groove, and is designed to be playable on a normal phonograph turntable. ... Digital Compact Cassette (DCC) was a short-lived magnetic tape sound recording format introduced by Philips and Matsushita in late 1992. ... See also IBMs VM operating system family, where minidisk refers to a logical unit of storage. ...


Broadcasting the charts

BBC Radio 1 was first broadcast in 1967, and has always included a broadcast of the official chart. In initial years, only the top twenty was broadcast. This was then gradually expanded so that the chart now covers the top forty singles although the entire Top 40 was not played until the start of 1991. Fourteen years later the chart shows was revamped, once again, only the Top 20 singles were guaranteed to be played. Starting from 14 October 2007 Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates presented the Top 40 show on Sundays. The chart show has always been broadcast on a Sunday evening and has only been cancelled once - on 31 August 1997, owing to the death of Princess Diana. BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Fearne Marie Cotton (born 3 September 1982) is an British television presenter and DJ. Known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and Red Nose Day, she can also now be heard co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast show with Reggie... Reginald Reggie Yates (born 31 May 1983 in Archway, London, England) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular childrens series Grange Hill. ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Diana Spencer redirects here. ...


For many years the chart was revealed on a Tuesday lunchtime (or Wednesday following a bank holiday) and the Top 40 on Sunday was merely a repeat of this - however, since October 1987 the new chart has been broadcast for the first time on Sundays.


The television version of the chart show, called The UK Top 40, began in 2002 on CBBC (Children's BBC), part of BBC Television, which broadcast selected video highlights and the entire top 10 countdown. It was hosted by Adrian Dickson and Konnie Huq from its inception until September 2004, and then by Andrew Hayden-Smith until the last edition on 12 June 2005. The CBBC Channel is a British television service aimed at 6 to 13 year olds produced by the BBC. It complements the CBBC programming that continues to air on BBC One and BBC Two. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Adrian Dickson (born 1977 in Sandton, South Africa) is a British television and radio presenter. ... Konnie Huq (Bengali: কনি হক, pronounced Huck; born 17 July 1975) is a British television presenter who is best known for being the longest-serving female presenter of Blue Peter, having presented it from 1st December 1997 until 23 January 2008. ... Hayden-Smith as Jake Simmonds. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Number 1 quirks

Since the inception of the UK Singles chart, many issues have arisen about certain singles and whether or not they should have made number 1. This controversy has caused much dispute on a few number 1 singles - most notably concerning The Beatles' "Please Please Me", as discussed above.


There was a period of time when the entire record industry took a break for the Christmas period. This resulted in no release of a new singles chart on the Tuesday following Christmas Day. When electronic sales recording took over from sales diaries, a chart started to be compiled for Christmas week but was never aired. Usually, it would result in no change at number one. However, there was one exception; the Christmas period of 1980. A frenzy of buying John Lennon singles had begun following his murder on 8 December. This resulted in "(Just Like) Starting Over" topping the charts, which was then dethroned after a mere seven days by "There's No-one Quite Like Grandma". However, after this stayed at the top for a week, many people had bought Lennon's re-issued Christmas classic, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", and the new chart compiled actually had this at the top. This chart was never published and thus it is omitted from lists of number ones. By the time the next official chart was issued after the festive season, "Imagine" had topped the chart, but technically John Lennon had three number ones in succession, something no other act has been able to achieve. John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... (Just Like) Starting Over is a song written and performed by John Lennon for his Double Fantasy album. ... St Winifreds School Choir, from St Winifreds Roman Catholic Primary School in Stockport, United Kingdom, was a choir of children trained by choir mistress, Terri Foley, who released a song in 1980 that became the British Christmas number one single of that year. ... This Is Christmas redirects here. ... Imagine is a utopian-themed song performed by John Lennon, which appears on his 1971 album, Imagine. ...


In the week of the Queen's massive Silver Jubilee celebrations in June 1977, the Sex Pistols were due to release their second single, "God Save The Queen", expressing great contempt for royalty. There was wide speculation and rumour that the Sex Pistols were going to be number 1 for this historic week, but surprisingly Rod Stewart retained his position on top of the chart for a fourth week with "I Don't Want To Talk About It/The First Cut Is the Deepest". Rumours then began to circulate that the chart compilers had fixed the chart to avoid controversy. A number of other charts, including the one published in the New Musical Express, placed "God Save The Queen" at number one. Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... Elizabeth IIs Silver Jubilee and her domestic and international visits proved very popular with her subjects. ... Sex Pistols are an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... God Save the Queen (B-side Did You No Wrong) was the second single released by the punk rock band Sex Pistols. ... Rod Stewart CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England, with Scottish parentage. ... I Dont Want to Talk About It is the name of a song written by Danny Whitten. ... The First Cut Is The Deepest is a song written by Cat Stevens. ... 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. ...


In the 1950s, singles had frequently shared the number 1 position for a week, due to sales ties. This had never been an issue ever since. However, in the 1980s, a new rule was instituted to deal with any joint positions in the chart (not just at number one): the single whose sales had increased most from the previous week would reside above the other. In September 1990, "The Joker" by the Steve Miller Band and Deee-lite's "Groove Is In The Heart" sold enough copies to be joint number 1, but because of the rule, Deee-lite were relegated to number 2 and "The Joker" topped the chart. Following the controversy and complaints from Deee-lite's record company, WEA, the rule was scrapped and joint positions were once more allowed, although there have been no more joint chart-toppers since. The Joker is an iconic song by the Steve Miller Band from their 1973 album The Joker. ... Steve Miller (born October 5, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American blues and rock and roll guitarist and performer. ... Deee-Lite was a house- and dance music group formed in New York City. ... Groove Is In the Heart (1990) is one of the earliest and most famous songs by the American dance music band Deee-Lite. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1987, Steve "Silk" Hurley's "Jack Your Body" topped the charts for 2 weeks, but in fact it should have never been there. The 12" actually exceeded the maximum playing time to qualify as a single and therefore Jackie Wilson's re-issue of "Reet Petite" should have enjoyed a fifth week at the top and "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)" was deprived of a week at the top, which would have increased its total to three. Steven Hurley (born November 9, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois) is a pioneering house music producer and club DJ. // He has released songs under the stage name of Steve Silk Hurley and, with vocalist Keith Nunnally, had many hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart as J.M. Silk... Jack Your Body is a popular song by Steve Silk Hurley. ... For the British author, see Jacqueline Wilson. ... Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl In Town) is a song made popular by Jackie Wilson. ... I Knew You Were Waiting for Me is a 1987 hit song by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. ...


The advent of multi-formatting, whereby a single appears in many different versions, caused some controversy in 1982 when The Jam's "Town Called Malice" went straight in at number one, thereby keeping The Stranglers' "Golden Brown" at number two. "Town Called Malice" was available in two different versions - the studio version on the 7" single and a live recording on the 12" - and EMI (The Stranglers' record company) protested to the British Market Research Bureau that many Jam fans were buying both versions of the record. However, the BMRB ruled that nothing untoward had taken place, and more than twenty years on multi-formatting has become the norm. The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. ... Featuring one of the easily-recognisable bass-lines in British music history,Town Called Malice is a song recorded by The Jam from the album The Gift. ... The Stranglers are an English rock music group, formed on September 11, 1974 in Guildford, Surrey. ... La Folie track listing Non Stop Nun Everybody Loves You When Youre Dead Tramp Let Me Introduce You To The Family Aint Nothin To It The Man They Love To Hate Pin Up It Only Takes Two To Tango Golden Brown How To Find True Love And Happiness... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ...


On a couple of occasions in chart history the wrong number one has been announced:

  • When the chart for the week ending 28 February 1976 was first unveiled, it was announced that Manuel and his Music Of The Mountains' version of the Spanish classical piece, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, had dethroned The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" from the top spot. But moments after the chart had been made public, it was discovered that due to a catastrophic 'computer error' the entire chart was wrong. When the correct chart was compiled, Manuel (actually conductor Geoff Love) had been relegated to number 3 behind The Four Seasons and Tina Charles' "I Love To Love", and never did make number one.
  • In a similar incident for the week ending 10 November 1979, a compilation error led to the announcement that Dr Hook's "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" had toppled Lena Martell's "One Day At A Time." The error did not immediately come to light, though it was put right in time for that week's edition of Top of the Pops. Happily (for Dr Hook at least) "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" did make, and keep, the number one spot the following week.

is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Geoff Love lived on Commercial Street and has a plaque dedicated to his memory outside his old house. ... Joaquín Rodrigo (22 November 1901 – 6 July 1999) was a Spanish composer, and virtuoso pianist, of classical music. ... The Concierto de Aranjuez is a composition for classical guitar and orchestra of the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. ... The Four Seasons (known off and on since 1967 as Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons), are an American pop and rock group, distinct from many similar groups of the early to mid-1960s in its traditional Italian-American sound. ... December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) is a 1976 hit song by The Four Seasons about a young man losing his virginity to an anonymous stranger. ... Tina Charles (born Tina Hoskins on March 10, 1954, in Whitechapel, London) is an English singer, who achieved success as a disco artist in the late 1970s. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... ... Lena Martell (born Helen Thomson, 15 May 1940, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish singer, who had a number one UK single with One Day at a Time in 1979. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...

Sponsorship

There has been much controversy over the fact that the UK Singles Chart has, for many years, been sponsored by various companies. This in itself would be unremarkable were it not for the fact that the chart is broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 1, a publicly owned radio station that cannot sell advertising or sponsorship. The singles chart sponsorship is, however, sold by the Official UK Charts Company, so the BBC does not receive any money from the deal. They have, in the past, mentioned the name of the sponsors during the chart rundown and this has in effect allowed the sponsors to do indirect advertising on a publicly owned radio station. BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ...


For many years the chart was sponsored by worldpop.com, a music website. However, in 2004, Coca Cola became the sponsors. For a while, the BBC continued the practice of mentioning the sponsoring company during the chart show, however there was a huge backlash against this, partly caused by controversy elsewhere over allowing sugary/fatty foods and drinks to be advertised to children. It was also considered controversial as it appeared (erroneously) that the BBC, a licence-fee supported organisation which does not allow advertising, was being itself sponsored. This article is about the beverage. ...


The BBC initially stuck to its guns but eventually came to an agreement whereby the name would be dropped from its on-air broadcast.


References

See also

This is a list of the number one hits in the UK Singles Chart, from its inception in 1952 to the present. ... The following is a list of artists that have had a no. ... Since the inception of the UK Singles Chart in 1952 there have been various records to break, including most chart toppers, longest run at number one, biggest selling single etc. ... This is a list of the best-selling singles in the UK singles chart for each year. ... A one-hit wonder is a Top 40 phenomenon, the combination of artist and song that scores big in the music industry with one smash hit, but is unable to repeat the achievement with another hit. ... hit40uk is a networked music singles chart broadcast on a number of UK commercial radio stations every Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. ... Weekly British chart newsletter; sister publication to Music Week. ... Charts Plus is a weekly newsletter about the UK music charts. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... Music Week is a trade paper for the UK record industry. ... UK trade paper for the record industry. ... The UK Official Download Chart is compiled by The Official UK Charts Company on behalf of the music industry. ... Midweeks, are lists of sales figures for music albums and singles in the United Kingdom during the period between the weekly chart publication on Sundays. ... Various logos used during its time on air The Pepsi Chart (previously known as The Pepsi Network Chart Show) was a networked Sunday afternoon Top 40 countdown on UK radio that started life in July 93 with Neil Doctor Fox hosting the show live from the Capital Radio studios in... The cover of Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2006. The Complete UK Hit Singles is a book that tells you every UK single ever released since 1952. ... American Top 40 (also known as AT40) is an internationally-syndicated radio program hosted by Ryan Seacrest. ...

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Wikipedia: UK Singles Chart - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4973 words)
To add to the confusion, the chart used by the BBC on their popular shows Pick of the Pops and Top Of The Pops was actually calculated by averaging out all the others, and so didn't agree with any of them, and was prone to tied positions.
There were also charts, such as that used in the mid 1960s by the "pirate" station Radio London (the "Fab 40"), which, because of the size of the audience, were influential, but were essentially playlists and bore no relation to sales.
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.
The new UK digital singles chart tries to avoid the old hype - currybetdotnet - 7 January, 2007 (2576 words)
From Percy Dickins’s first UK Singles Chart back in 1952, through the rock'n'roll years, the swinging sixties and the bulk of the 70s it was all pretty straight-forward.
The single ruled supreme, and I spent a good chunk of my childhood pretending to be a radio DJ doing chart countdowns armed only with a record-deck equipped with an auto-changer, and my dad's pretty comprehensive set of great singles from the 50s and 60s.
The singles chart in the UK is nowhere near as important to me now as it used to be, but that is partly a function of age and distance.
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