UK Music Charts

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The UK Music Charts are a collection of charts that reflect the music buying habits of people within the United Kingdom. The majority of them are produced by the Official Charts Company.

Main charts[edit]

Chart title Description
UK Singles Chart The official singles chart of the United Kingdom. It uses physical and download sales, and (since July 2014) a factor for audio streams.[1]
UK Albums Chart The official albums chart of the United Kingdom. It uses physical and download sales, and (since March 2015) a factor for audio streams.[2]
The Vodafone Big Top 40 Unofficial singles chart introduced in 2009 and compiled by downloads from iTunes. It is broadcast on 140 local radio stations in the UK.[3]
UK Singles Downloads Chart Singles chart based purely on downloads. Introduced in 2004.[4]
UK Album Downloads Chart Albums chart based purely on downloads. Introduced in 2006.[5]
Official Audio Streaming Chart Chart based purely on song plays on digital streaming services.[6]
Official Albums Streaming Chart Chart based purely on album plays on digital streaming services.[7]
UK R&B Singles Chart Chart of the biggest selling R&B and rap singles and albums.
UK R&B Albums Chart Chart of the biggest selling R&B and rap singles and albums.
UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart Chart of the biggest selling rock and heavy metal singles and albums.
UK Rock & Metal Albums Chart Chart of the biggest selling rock and heavy metal singles and albums.
UK Independent Singles Chart Chart of the biggest selling independent singles and albums.
UK Independent Albums Chart Chart of the biggest selling independent singles and albums.
UK Dance Singles Chart Chart of the biggest selling dance singles.
UK Dance Albums Chart Chart of the biggest selling dance albums.
Scottish Singles Chart Regional chart. Reflects how sales towards the UK Singles Chart are faring in Scotland.
Scottish Albums Chart Regional chart. Reflects how sales towards the UK Albums Chart are faring in Scotland.
Official Vinyl Singles Chart Chart of the biggest selling vinyl singles.[8]
Official Vinyl Albums Chart Chart of the biggest selling vinyl albums.[8]

Further genre, format and regional charts are produced by OCC and other compilers.

Classic FM introduced a classical music chart and the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame. In response, BBC Radio 3 introduced a specialist classical chart that lists only "serious" classics, and devoted some of its Tuesday morning programming to this chart.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kreisler, Lauren (22 June 2014). "UK's Official Singles Chart to include streaming data for first time". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Copsey, Rob (11 February 2015). "UK's Official Albums Chart to include streaming data for first time". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Barnett, Emma (22 May 2009). "The 'Top 10' singles go real time in iTunes deal". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Wells, Matt (2 September 2004). "Record industry produces first chart of legal downloads". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  5. ^ West, Dave (9 April 2006). "Album chart allows downloads from Sunday". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Langshaw, Mark (10 May 2012). "Official music streaming chart launching in UK". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Album charts to count streamed songs". BBC News. BBC. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Siddique, Haroon (13 April 2015). "Vinyl records get into groove with own charts". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "BBC - Podcasts and Downloads Rights Restrictions". bbc.co.uk.