UK singles chart changes to a Friday

Sunday 5th July will see the last time the four to seven slot on Radio One on a Sunday will reveal the UK top 40 to the nation for the first time. The music industry have decided to have a global release date for all music and that is now on a Friday, so the chart will be compiled between 00.01am on Friday mornings until midnight the following Thursday and then revealed to the nation during Greg James’ drivetime show on Radio One.

The first week will be a short week with one chart being announced on Sunday 5th and the next one on Friday 10th July.  The audience figures have dropped so much that it seems fewer and fewer people actually care what’s in the chart apart from the number one. The Independent chart, which generally has more listeners, is broadcast by Global’s Capital Radio nationwide has generally been ahead of the Radio One chart and is a good barometer as to what the top 10 will be on Radio One the following week.

The Official Charts Company issued this Statement:

In an historic move, the UK’s Official Charts, compiled by the Official Charts Company and broadcast on BBC Radio 1, will move to a new home every Friday from 10 July 2015, coinciding with the global music industry’s move to a new co-ordinated international release day for new music.

The Official Charts will be announced in its traditional Sunday slot for the last time on July 5, the end of a 28-year chapter of broadcasting history, and the dawn of an exciting new era for the chart. The Official Singles Chart and Official Albums Chart (and many other genre charts besides) have been announced every Sunday afternoon since moving from Tuesday lunchtime in October 1987. This is actually not true. The chart has been broadcast on a Sunday since 1964, but only after the chart had been reveal earlier in the week. In 1987 it was revealed for the first time on a Sunday.

Officially kicking off the weekend for pop fans all over Britain, the first Friday chart, and first Friday chart broadcast will then follow on July 10 – this will be a five-day chart, designed to bring the chart cycle in line with the new announcement day. In tandem, the weekly show will move to a new home on Radio 1’s schedule – The Official Chart with Greg James takes up a fresh residency in the high profile Friday drive-time slot from 4pm, kick-starting the weekend with the rundown of the UK’s official biggest tracks of the week.

The first full seven-day Friday chart will be unveiled on July 17, reflecting the first week of sales following the first synchronised global release day.

MTV UK, the exclusive music TV home of the Official Charts will also move the premieres of its weekly charts in line with the global release day – plans to be revealed by the broadcaster soon.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot says, “Moving to Friday ushers in a new era for the Official Chart this summer. From July 10, every Friday night will be party night for all the artists and their UK fans celebrating their latest chart position. It is going to be a fantastic new beginning for the Official Charts.”

The printed chart in Music Week is still listed as a ‘Singles’ chart yet a proportion of the tracks are not singles, especially when a big artist releases a new album and every tracks ends up in the singles chart – Ed Sheeran is a good example. It’s really a popularity chart of whatever the kids are listening to this week.

The chart being revealed on a weekday during a drivetime show is not going to increase the listening audience figures, but it’ll probably keep the industry happy and they’ll keep telling us how it’s thriving. Watch this space.

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1 comment for “UK singles chart changes to a Friday

  1. Dave VanMusicMaster
    July 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

    music industry thriving? – I think not.
    After hearing Sunday night’s “Live Aid” round, I’m left wondering how many of the new artists/groups, currently in the charts, could perform in the same way?
    Painfully few to be honest … that was noticeable in the Glastonbury coverage last month – I saw quite a few acts, but the ONLY one that I felt had the required star quality/charisma … whatever you wish to call it, were the 2 remaining members of The Who … perhaps it’s just me?
    There are a tiny amounts of artists/groups from the modern era that appear to be able to do this … very very sad really

    You won’t find these people in the charts – you will find them playing pubs and clubs and the smaller open air festivals … not many will have record contracts, as they prefer to go it alone.
    One day it’ll turn around again – and these people will make it once the general public realise they are being brainwashed with all the shite being played on the radio and being promoted in crap TV “talent” shows.

    Never mind – I’ve got my extensive music collection to listen to until that change occurs for the better ….

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