The Official Charts Company (OCC) today announced the launch of its first charts dedicated to world music, the Official UK World Music Album Chart and the Official UK World Music Compilation Album Chart.
The charts have been designed to showcase the increasingly popular genre of world music, specifically those albums which have been released in the last two years.
They will give consumers a practical guide to this specialist genre and provide retailers, labels and distributors with promotional tools dedicated to their market.
Specialist stores have long championed world music and the OCC has monitored it as a genre since 2004. But the growth of the internet in recent years has fuelled availability and interest in the market.
The Top 10 Official UK World Music Album Chart will be published by Songlines magazine (the first chart appears in the current edition) and will feature on the magazine’s podcast (available through iTunes).
The Top 20 Official UK World Music Album Chart and Top 10 Official UK World Music Compilation Album Chart will also be available on the Songlines website.
The charts will initially be compiled on a monthly basis although a weekly version of the charts is planned for the future.
The Official UK World Music Charts can be licensed by the media and are also available to record companies, retailers and distributors direct from the OCC.
Phil Matcham of the OCC said:
“As the UK’s Official Charts compilers we work to highlight music of all kinds. We are delighted that, in conjunction with Songlines, we are able to spotlight the best-selling world music albums going forward.”
Paul Geoghegan, Publisher of Songlines said:
“We have no doubts that the new charts will prove to be a great boost for the world music industry – for both labels and artists alike.”
The first album to top the Official UK World Music Album Chart is Gurrumul by the blind Australian aboriginal singer/songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu who said:
“I am proud and happy to get the first ever UK world music number one”
Gurrumul is also featured on the cover of the new issue of Songlines.