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The idea of compiling a chart based on sales originated in the United Stateswhere the music-trade paper Billboard compiled the first chart incorporating sales figures on 20 July The NME chart was based on a telephone poll. It was also the first chart to include Northern Ireland in its sample.
Additionally, Retailer was set up by independent record shops and had no funding or affiliation with record companies. However, it had a significantly smaller sample size than some rival charts. Official chart[ edit ] Before there was no official singles chart. The sales diaries were translated into punch cards so the data could be interpreted by a computer. A computer then compiled the chart on Monday, and the BBC were informed of the Top 50 on Tuesday in time for it to be announced on Johnnie Walker's afternoon show.
The postal strike meant data had to be collected by telephone, but this was deemed inadequate for a national chart; bythe BMRB was using motorcycle couriers to collect sales figures. Following this, the British Phonographic Industry BPI reduced the minimum price for cassette singles to influence sales figures.
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The BPI were reluctant to join and "consider[ed] the option of launching a rival chart"  but in September an agreement was reached, and it joined the CSC. These computers were to be telephoned six times a week, providing the data to Gallup. In Septembera second newsletter was created: Hit Music, a sister publication of Music Week featuring among other charts the singles Top 75 and a revived "Next 25".
In Novemberthe Artist Albums chart extended to a Top Hit Music ceased publication in May with issue number Internet era[ edit ] This article may contain an excessive amount of intricate detail that may interest only a particular audience. Please help by spinning off or relocating any relevant information, and removing excessive detail that may be against Wikipedia's inclusion policy.
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In JanuaryMyCoke Music launched as the "first significant download retailer". In June the iTunes Store was launched in the UK, and more thansongs were downloaded during the first week.
The chart show was then rebranded for the chart week ending 16 April, and the first singles chart combining physical-release sales with legal downloads began. Several test charts and a download-sales chart were published in ; this combination within the official singles chart reflected a changing era in which sales of physical singles fell and download sales rose.
On 17 Aprilhosts JK and Joel commented during their BBC Radio 1 broadcast that the incorporation of download sales resulted in an approximate doubling of singles sales for the week. For the first week's combined chart the impact of this doubling was not readily apparent at the top of the chart, although a few singles in the middle positions benefited.
The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart
Initially, the British Association of Record Dealers was concerned that the popularity of downloading would siphon business from the High Street. However, it agreed to the new rules provided that digital sales were only included to a single's sales tally if there was a physical equivalent sold in shops at the time. Since there was no rule governing a minimum number of pressings, Gorillaz released only vinyl copies of their single " Feel Good Inc. This allowed it to debut in the chart at number 22 eventually reaching number 2and remain in the Top 40 for a longer period.
After pressure from elsewhere in the music industry a second compromise was reached inwhich now allowed singles to chart on downloads the week before their physical release. Three weeks later, " Crazy " by Gnarls Barkley became the first song to top the charts on download sales alone. As part of the revised rules, singles would now be removed from the chart two weeks after the deletion of their physical formats; "Crazy" left the chart 11 weeks later from number 5 and a subsequent chart-topper, Nelly Furtado 's " Maneater ", disappeared from number This was in addition to the existing rule that to be eligible for the chart, the physical single had to have been released within the last twelve months, supporting the general view that the chart reflected the top-selling "current" releases.
Over the coming months digital sales continued to increase whilst physical sales continued to fall; more artists entered the top 40 early, and fewer singles entered the chart directly at number 1. Whilst initially the proportion of digital sales to physical sales in the combined tally was relatively low, a majority of singles by saw more than 50 percent of their sales coming from online. Sales through mobile phones are also counted.
This saw a few singles gain publicity: The second song to return to the Top 40 several years after its first hit run was " I'll Be Missing You " by Puff Daddy and Faith Evanswhich reappeared at number 32 a decade after it originally topped the chart. The impetus this time was Puff Daddy's recent performance of a new version of the track at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium. Two months later Luciano Pavarotti 's " Nessun Dorma " returned to the chart at number 24 during the week following his death 17 years after it was first a hitclimbing to number A drumming gorilla in a Dairy Milk television advertisement helped " In the Air Tonight " by Phil Collins to climb to number 14, 26 years after it was first a hit and 19 years since its last chart appearance as a remix.
None of these songs had been officially re-issued. Following the cancellation of its physical release, " Say It Right " by Nelly Furtado was the first Top 10 hit to pass through its chart career without a single copy appearing in a shop.
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The first number-one hit never released physically was " Run " by Leona Lewisthe 11th song in total to reach number one on downloads alone.