The UK Singles Chart Top 15
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The UK Singles Chart
The UK Singles Chart is a music chart that ranks best selling singles in the UK according to streaming and downloads (paid ones), and physical sales. The chart, which is known at present as the Official Singles Chart, is arranged by the Official Charts Company on behalf of the British record business. To qualify for the UK Singles Chart, the single needs to be either of the following: The first one is that the single needs to have a maximum of four tracks and not longer than 25 minutes, which is what the chart calls “single bundle”, and the second one is that the single can be a digital audio track not exceeding 15 minutes and should have a minimum price of 40 pence. As technology has been rapidly evolving, the rules of the chart have changed, and the most remarkable one is the included digital downloads and streaming in the years 2004 and 2014, respectively.
The said chart started in the year 1952, and as of July 1, 2002, 1200 singles have been the number 1 track on the chart, which is based on the statistics of the Official Charts Company. The chart list is according to the endorsement of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles.
How Does the Chart Work?
On the website of the Official Charts Company, you can see only Top 100 Singles, but the full chart has Top 200 tracks, which was Top 250 before. Other media sources only list Top 75 tracks like the Music Week magazine and Top 40 tracks such as the BBC from the chart.
About 6500 British retail stores contribute to sales and also most UK online download websites. No radio airplay has been included for the computation of the chart unlike the United States charts. The weekly chart starts from 00:01 hour of every Friday to 12 midnight of every Thursday in which most UK digital and physical sales are being released during Fridays. From August 3, 1969 to July 5, 2015, the UK Singles Chart ran from 00:01 hour of every Sunday to 12 midnight of every Saturday.
BBC Radio 1 announces the Top 40 tracks first on every Friday afternoon from 16:00 to 17:45 hours before it is posted on the official website of the Official Charts Company. Another music chart competes with the announcing. The Vodafone Big Top 40 announces from 16:00 to 19:00 hours every Sunday across 140 radio stations in the UK. The latter chart show is basing its ranking on commercial radio airplays and downloads.