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Get 50 Years of UK Music Chart Info Here

The Official Charts Company (OCC) has (at last) launched a website offering everybody free access to five decades of British chart data.  
The site offers an update of the Official Singles and Albums Charts every Sunday evening, alongside a wide range of Officially-compiled charts across a large number of genres, all supported with download and video streaming functionality. Continue reading

UK World Music Album Charts Launches

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.

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OCC data proves sales spike for Brit Award winners

duffyThe Official Charts Company (OCC) has released new figures detailing the precise impact inclusion in the Brit Awards has made on sales of music from highlighted artists.

The data underlines yesterday’s revelations by the UK chart invigilator which indicated inclusion within the Brit Awards show had made an immediate impact on sales from certain acts.

The information also underlines the growing importance of iTunes and other digital music services as a part of an immediate music acquisition ecosystem for music lovers experiencing new artists on television or radio.

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UK charts spawn iPhone application

iphone-app-chartsPossibly reflecting Apple’s growing importance to music sales, the UK’s official music chart management company today introduced its very own application for the iPhone and the iPod touch.

The Official Charts Company is launching the application for iPhone and iPod touch users. This will provide music fans with a weekly update of the Official Charts.
The application, called Official UK Music Charts is now available on the Apple’s iTunes App store.

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Official UK subscription chart launches

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.
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UK album chart rules changed for Xmas

The Official Charts Company has relaxed its album chart rules, permitting labels to offer releases festooned with extra material in an attempt to boost sales in the format.

The changes, which have received approval from labels across the industry, both independent and major, will allow for a wider range of audio material and additional merchandise to be packaged within chart-qualifying special editions. The new rules, which follow several months of consultation across the business, will be introduced from Monday September 29.  
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