Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name has won the most competitive race for the Christmas number one in years, the Official Charts Company announces today.
The song, first released in 1992 and backed by an enthusiastic online campaign by fans, sold more than 500,000 copies in the week leading up to the end of business yesterday to beat X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s The Climb to the top of the chart.
McElderry sold 450,000 copies, though sales slipped in the last few days. Continue reading →
The Official Charts Company (OCC) has launched a music subscription chart, which ranks the most played tracks by UK users of subscription services.
Data is based on that supplied by Napster, Omnifone (which operates the Music Station service, currently run through Vodafone), HMV and the Nokia Music Store.
Initially, the data will comprise a weekly Top 500 most-played tracks for industry use, with top-line market stats for each week. The data will be incorporated into the OCC’s definitive online database in 2009. The chart company will also add data from additional subs services as they launch in the UK. Continue reading →
“British R&B star Estelle has seen her single American Boy plummet down the US chart after her latest album, Shine, was taken off iTunes in the States.
Record label Warner made the move to force fans to buy the whole album, not just individual songs, reports said.
Single American Boy, featuring Kanye West, was a UK number one in March.
It was in the iTunes top 10 in the US before its removal. It was also at 11 on the official Billboard singles chart – but has now dropped to number 37. Continue reading →