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 →
Beatlemania has hit the UK, despite grumbles from the naysayers, it looks like this week’s album charts will be dominated by music from the band. The Official Charts Company this morning confirmed the wave of retail support for music from the popular beat combo.
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.
U2 are set to equal the Rolling Stones’ record of 10 UK number one albums when the new charts are unveiled this coming Sunday (8th March), according to the latest figures from the Official Charts Company.
Only Elvis Presley and The Beatles can claim more number one albums in the UK.
The 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.
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 →
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. Continue reading →