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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Islands In The Streams

As listeners to the podcast will know, it was possibly the worst kept secret in music. Months of speculation, rumours and leaks finally culminated last night in the announcement that the music charts as we know them are about to change forever: You will note the emphasis there on “supported…

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There’s No Lyrics

Number One on the singles chart this week is a tender yet rather banging ditty by the name of Animal as performed (or at least produced) by 17 year old Dutchman Martin Garrix. The track is particularly notable for being almost entirely devoid of lyrical content, a couple of brief…

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First Edition

I think it is a little over ten years since I first muttered something publicly about turning my weekly chart columns into some kind of book. That’s a heck of a long time of talking about it not actually doing something, let’s face it. Aside from the tiny issue of…

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