Apple Slices

In a perfect world, the British singles and album charts are compiled with a full set of sales and streaming data from all the registered sources they survey. When that happens it is such a deeply satisfying feeling that even the data sent to those of us in the media…

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Happy Rebecca Black Day

The last time the UK singles and album charts switched their date of publication was in October 1987. In what was hailed as a revolution in computer technology (but which in actual fact was simply due to all shops now reporting sales via the Epson terminals installed in chart return…

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Viva La Difference

Anyone who is even the tiniest bit interested in the British charts cannot fail to have noticed the dramatic transformation that the Official Charts Company website has undergone of late. Having listened carefully to what chart fans truly wanted they have undertaken a dramatic transformation not only of their corporate…

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Take Your Time Son

After a January bereft of anything approaching interesting stories the UK singles chart exploded into action this week. A flurry of new releases (including new singles from Fergie and the Kanye/Rihanna/McCartney collaboration made for a great deal of interest. That’s before we even got to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars…

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One Giant Leap

When I first became a chart nerd in the 1980s, there was one stat above all else which was committed to memory – the biggest ever climb to Number One. Since 1982 the record had been held by Happy Talk by Captain Sensible which leaped 33-1 in June that year…

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Below The Line

“Everyone knows rock n’ roll attained perfection in 1974. It’s a scientific fact” – Homer Simpson I love it when the pop charts make the news. Not just because it naturally validates my continuing childish obsession with music sales, but because it always seems to flush out of the woodwork…

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