The Real Chart Top 100
The Only Sales Chart in the UK
The True Working Week Chart
The Chart Not Hyped or Adjusted by The Music Industry
The hits are here! A selection of records (err videos) that are currently in the top 10 of the top 100.From now on in I will keep them in order ten to one!!! Sometimes people on YouTube will upload a video that was NOT authorised by the record company. These can be deleted by YouTube without telling anyone that has linked them to the blog site. So if you see a blank video anywhere it's down to YouTube removing it is not a fault on this blog. I did at one time use MUZU.TV, but it has now gone bust! For those into YouTube, if you can't listen to one of these or my other number one tracks featured on YouTube, because you live in another country, then just go the link below. This will allow you to see them by changing your IP address to a country that can see them. I'm not into censorship, especially by profit making business! Scroll to the bottom of the page nearly to find out more of the dodgy dealings of YouTube!
Download Links for the Real Chart
You can still download the full top 100 chart texts for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 right here. Also the current charts. These are updated every Sunday. PS let me know if the links doesn't produce a PDF file! For instance it says you don't have permission! By the way PDF readers are free, just search the web to install one. The full charts are only updated each month. The latest month added will be shown, but it will include all previous months. After a new month is added, all previous weekly PDF files are removed. I have added the first Real Charts that were done on computer for the first time. These date from 2006. These charts though not for the full year, do include the top 100 best selling singles for the full year. They were scanned at only 300DPI from the original printed charts. So the quality is not to clever. Unfortunately at the time of their construction I didn't save the original DTP files. So scanning them is the only way. Despite it's claim to convert PDF files to text, Serif Page Plus X7 can only import the scanned PDF file as an image file. So editing is not possible. It seems it can only edit a PDF file if it was converted straight from a document file. At some later date I will scan them at around 400DPI. The charts for 2008 to 2010 will also be done at some later date.
Real Chart 8 October to 24 December 2006
REAL CHART 2011 Full year.pdf
Real Chart-2012 Full List including Best Sellers
Real Chart 2016 Full Update plus best sellers and drop outs
Real Chart 2017
Real Chart 2018 to the 28 January New
Real Chart 4 February 2018
Real Chart 11 February 2018
Real Chart News....
NEW CHART for 11 February 2018.
We have a brand new number one from Rudimental, as last week's topper from Sigrid plummets to number five. Despite that Rudimental actually lost sales compared to last week. Plus they finish up just 1,000 copies ahead of Portugal. The Man, who reach a high of number two. Once again it was a battle of the iTunes 59p's. With most of the top ten being priced at that. Of course the more expensive other sites play a part in the fights, but it did help if you were priced at that on iTunes. Altogether I counted some 29 records at 59p in the various iTunes charts last week. Though it has to be said a few have not made the 100 today. You would have thought that most of the 59p tracks would be all in a row, but even if it was an iTunes only chart that would still not be the case. It seems that some tracks priced at that will still not sell much, compared to a full price one. There are some tracks priced at 79p on iTunes, but these are much less common and tend not to have the same impact. Most of the other download sites don't use the cheap policy of iTunes. Even if they do reduce them down it seems to have little effect on a record sales on the site. The only time a site drasticly reduced the price down which had an effect on sales, was when Google.Play reduced lots of Christmas tracks down to around 19p, I think it was. But they haven't done that it in years. The price reductions might account for the sudden leap of Cabello to number 3. Liam Payne was also reduced, but late in the week. His main sales surge is due to the release of the movie Fifty Shades, which the track features on. This also had the effect of pushing up, or stopping several of the other records falling that are taken from the soundtrack of the film. The Oscar promotion might also have had effect on the sales, plus might account for the picking up in sales of some of the Showman tracks.
The Official Chart number one from Drake shows no sign of climbing into the top ten on our sales chart. Instead it lost sales and falls down. It is doing best on iTunes, but even there it is in decline.
The higher than 40K sales have rapidly increased this week. Last week they didn't start till position 19. However this seems to have reduced the end point of the 40K section, plus the sales drop off rapidly after that point. The sales reduction has followed through to the end of the 100. And now there are four tracks showing 16K sales, whereas we had only one last time. I wish I could say it was down to duplicated tracks taking up a lot of space in iTunes and the other charts. But it is not.
The new hits now. We still don't have any improvement in the number of new hits. Just one more than last week. The highest entries are basically Friday issued records, though they seem to get released to the sites a day earlier these days. There are also several entries that just didn't sell enough last week, but have made it this at 64 and 75. But when I last checked it looks like that both James Bay and Nadine were in trouble sales wise. Of the returning records Sia was selling well than had an unexpected boost when the track was sung last night by a Voice contestant. Last week's Voice also accounts for the Black Eyed Peas return, when Will.I.Am sang it.
I am surprised that the Cranberries single has returned. It was not on the cheap list. So must be connected with something on TV. Perhaps the funeral of the lead singer?
Worth mentioning the Calum Scott climb to 24. Mostly down to it being 59p, but also it does have another version joining it. A duet with Leona Lewis. She is not mentioned in the chart because most of the sales are due to the none duo version. However if the sales of the duet start selling more than the solo version, her name will be added to the entry. In case you are wondering, if the duet version of any track falls in sale lower than the solo version, it will still be listed as a duet. We don't change it back.
Now to those we have lost. And we have some big news. The two million selling Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran has left the top 100! After 49 weeks in the 100. Another million seller from Sam Smith and former number one has also left after only 22 weeks. Big Boi also left the 100 after 10 weeks. The highest of the 15 to go was Thirty Seconds To Mars who climbed to 55 on it's second week in the 100.
The first PDF of the month covering all the charts for January is available now and of course all previous files have been deleted.
If you use the UKMIX forum you might have noticed a bit of controversy over the thread called the Real Chart. It is currently locked. This is due to another member who altered the title out of spite to “0”. Presumably it was getting too much publicity from other people and that person believes only in the OCC chart. I don't know why, it would be like putting a supermarket sales chart in charge of Asda, Tesco and all the others and asking them to produce an accurate sales chart! It was my understanding that the UKMIX people would sort the problem out. However what seems to have happened is that no action was taken against the individual that did it and they are keeping the thread closed, even though the title has been changed back. As far as I am concerned it can stay locked, since it wasn't a productive feature of the site, it was just being used by the trolls who wanted to attack anything they don't like. But the episode does show the nature of those in charge of the site. So you might want to consider that before joining UKMIX. I can't recommend doing so, since the site takes pride in the people they have had to ban and publicly displays this.
The Classic Charts page has the 1985 charts till September on them and the 60's chart page has the 1966 charts to April going up. Each section will have a new chart going up each week if I can manage it. So check them out. Generally added late Thursday. The 1985 Charts are well ahead of the Top of The Pops shows being broadcast by BBC Four on Thursday and Friday.
The full PDF of the year is now available. It includes all the top 100 charts, the full list of best sellers, all the records and chart positions and weeks for each of them. Plus a list of records that were considered strong enough to make the charts and did not.
I have uploaded all the Music Echo top 100 charts for 1964, 1965 and the rest of the charts (top 50) for 1966. You can check them out on the Record Business Chart post.
The full charts for 2016 is now available in PDF format. It features the top 189 best sellers, a list of everything that fell out including the highest position and weeks. A list of records that nearly made the 100, but didn't.
Also down below you will find the latest All Time Best Seller list. It now takes two million to enter the top 100.
Music Video Editing
I have added a new page showing how I edit and produce the number one videos featured on this blog. I will explain on it what equipment I use and all the technical details of editing the videos, such as what software I use and the problems I have encountered in making them. It will be illustrated with software screen shots and some of the videos. The page is not yet complete, but you can check out some of the information now.
More 1948 and 1949 charts!
The 1948 charts are complete. The 1949 charts are also complete and the full list of charts have been uploaded to the blog, including the sales list for 1949.
More charts have been added to the Record Business section of the blog. These include PDF files of Chart Runs of the 1960's of Music Echo - a top 100 chart! - and some Local Independent Radio top 40 charts for the 70's.
I've uploaded all the charts in the 1965 series to the 1960's chart page. There is also the first top 100 from 1960 on the site, so check them out.
The 1966 charts on the same page starting with the January charts. As yet I have not sorted out the best sellers for 1965, but there is a PDF file for 1965 that has the ones that are added up.
I have had to set the comment boxes to use the puzzle device as the blog was having about 20 fake comments a week being posted all going to the spam box, mostly of the type saying what a great read it is and then a bad link to a game site! I hate the Capitcha thing myself, but it does stop the robot machines from posting, I just hope it doesn't stop anyone else commenting.
The Best Selling singles chart for 2015 and all the other best sellers charts can be seen on the Best Selling Singles Page of this blog.
I now have a new printer another Epson, but it's much better than the SX218. These days saying that is not common, as getting newer technology can be two steps back. I'm happy to report that this printer is not one of them. It uses six inks for a start which gives it better control of colours. Very like the ones you see on the screen as apposed to a red, that is just slightly off. It has front mounted trays for paper that actually sit inside the printer. In fact the output tray comes out when you are printing and goes back inside when powering down. It has a tray to put CD's on too! It fits on the stand much better and I am not trying to get to the back of the printer to feed the paper tray. As you can see from the photo above the paper tray was at back of the XP computer monitor. This made it more difficult to get too! And yes it uses compatible ink cartridges, so I'm not spending £20+ on one cartridge! I was going to get an Epson XP-625, but though they were only cheap at £89, that was at Curry's. However when you look at the website there is no delivery and you have to pick it up in store. Then I saw it for the same price on E-bay. And guess what it was Curry's selling it! With of course free delivery! So problem solved!!... Or so I thought.... So I purchased one (it said two left). All was going well - due Thursday!! Then an e-mail said that the one I was being sent have been found to be damaged! So they couldn't send it!! They did offer a replacement, but I asked as the rest of Curry's was still selling them, why they couldn't sell me one. I didn't get a decent answer from them so I cancelled it. Checking around showed that the Epson XP-760 was a better machine, though more expensive. Amazon to the rescue! So it was ordered and within about 3 days I had a new printer! I rather suspect that Curry's were just putting lower prices on products to get customers to use them, but don't have the stocks of the product in stock! I still don't understand why one branch of Curry's can offer free delivery, but the rest of their branches can not, especially on the same product at the same price. I wouldn't even minded paying the delivery costs, but the main Curry's site doesn't offer this on most printers!
The Sixties number one section (1964) has two new videos by Cilla Black. Following on from the success of the number of views for David Essex's Hold Me Close, (20,000+) I have uploaded another one of his number ones. This time it's Gonna Make You A Star available now on the number one page (1974) and on YouTube. The sad news on the video front is that I cannot now upload any further music video's to YouTube. The problem is that last week (14 May) along with the Johnny Pearson video, I uploaded Alice Cooper School's Out. After it uploaded I get a message from YouTube saying that due to the rules on copyright the Video had been blocked Worldwide. Which meant that only I could see it on there! The odd thing is that the video - a Top of the Pops performance - was actually download in the first place from YouTube and can still be seen on YouTube and several other versions of it can be seen too. They are clearly not blocked worldwide otherwise I couldn't have seen them. Apparently the videos and sound are checked by YouTube's uploading system and any that break infringement rights flagged up. Since anyone uploading a music video to YouTube will automatically infringe these rights, unless they are the record company with the rights. This means that most fan based video's, TV shows etc are breaking the rules. YouTube do have a way around this. If the copyright owner agrees, they get a fee every time the video is played. In fact nearly all the video's I have uploaded are either blocked in some countries or have this fee system in place. But I have never had the complete block before. Apparently the stereo sound I had added wasn't the problem as they had matched that to a fee system. It was the film itself. The company blocking it was Viacom, famous for MTV, but I don't know what they have to do with the BBC and Top of The Pops! I do know that Viacom have been arguing with YouTube for some time and don't appear to accept the backhand payment system! So maybe that's the problem? It would be a lot easier if YouTube accepted a system that before any uploaded video went live the user was told it would break infringement rights. So that the user could then say cancel the upload. But they don't and to make matters worse if you upload a second video that is blocked worldwide you can loose your YouTube channel and rights. Deleting the video that has been blocked, according to YouTube doesn't remove the strike against you. I did of course remove that video! So now you can see my dilemma. If I upload another music video and it gets blocked I can't upload any other videos - even ones which I might make myself. And since I do want to that, it's too risky to upload a music video. This makes a lot sense to me now. I kept wondering why certain YouTube uploaders stopped putting up music video's. Now I know why!! The ironic thing is that the copyright owners now make money out of users if they except the back of hand payment system. The users themselves get no money for the work they have put in re-mastering the audio and sound of the video's that the copyright owners should have done in the first place! Since Blogger is owned by Google as is YouTube, I can't use the video uploader from Blogger to put the music video's on the blog. Not that it's any good! I lost the Simon and Garfunkel number one record from YouTube on 10 June 2015. Apparently after all these years it's been up (2012), Sony Music Entertainment objected to it and it was removed worldwide. Does anyone think the fact that Paul Simon's last album, which features the track could have something to do with it's removal? Were SME frightened that the video would have taken away sales from the album?