Official U.K. Charts Company

  1. Calvin Harris Beats Michael Jackson To Set New U.K. Chart Record

    April 23, 2013 4:54 AM EDT Calvin Harris has become a record-holder in the U.K. by clocking-up eight chart hits from the one album. The Scottish DJ and producer on Sunday saw his song “I Need Your Love” FT Ellie Goulding climb 11-7, in doing so becoming the eighth track ...

  2. Adele's '21' Passes Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' on UK's All-Time Best Selling Albums List

    May 03, 2012 2:14 PM EDT (Getty Images) The Official U.K. Charts Company announced today (May 3) that Adele's blockbuster "21" album has surpassed Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in total U.K. sales. "21's" to-date U.K. sales now ...

  3. Iyaz Scores First U.K. No. 1

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Singer-rapper Iyaz, otherwise known as Virgin Islands-born Keidran Jones, went straight to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart with his former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 "Replay" (Reprise/Warner Music). Paolo Nutini bagged another week atop ...

  4. Cheryl Cole Owns U.K. Singles, Albums Charts

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cheryl Cole joined the select band of solo female artists to achieve simultaneous U.K. No. 1 singles and albums on Sunday. The Girls Aloud member and "X Factor" judge's debut solo album "3 Words" (Fascination/Polydor/Unive ...

  5. Streisand's 'Love' Climbs To No. 1 In U.K.

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's "Love Is The Answer" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 4-1 on the new U.K. album chart, becoming her sixth No. 1 on that survey, but her first chart-topping studio album since 1980. Giving Sony labels a ...

  6. MP3 Logo To Raise U.K. Awareness

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Key digital music retailers in the U.K. have joined together in support of a new campaign to increase consumer awareness about the MP3 format. The home pages of seven companies -- 7digital.com, Digitalstores.co.uk, HMV.com, Play.com, Tescodigital. ...

  7. Ting Tings Prepares For 'Carefree' Sophomore Set

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rising U.K. alternative act The Ting Tings will begin recording its second album in February next year, Billboard.biz has learned. According to singer Katie White, the group will return to its home studio in Salford, Greater Manchester to work on ...

  8. U.K. Charts Aggregator OCC Rebrands

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Official U.K. Charts Company (OCC), compiler of the U.K.'s music-sales charts, has re-branded itself as The Official Charts Company with immediate effect. The organization's new logo drops the word "U.K." and emphasizes the ...

  9. Coldplay Stay At Euro Chart Summit

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) starts a sixth week atop European Top 100 Albums, while Kid Rock moves into a third week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "All Summer Long" ...

  10. ABBA Fever Heats Up U.K. Charts

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Swedish dance artist Basshunter arrived at No. 1 on the U.K.'s individual artist album chart Sunday (July 20) with "Now You're Gone -- The Album" (Hard2Beat), while Dizzee Rascal's "Dance Wiv Me" (Dirtee Stank), ...

  11. MTV, OCC Strike Charts Deal

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks U.K. has struck a long-term deal with the Official U.K. Charts Company which will enable the music TV broadcaster to reveal the U.K. sales charts across a range of platforms. The agreement, effective from today, will see MTV stream an ...

  12. Coldplay's 'Viva' Continues Euro Chart Hot Streak

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) gives Coldplay a fourth week atop European Top 100 Albums, but there's a new leader on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" (Topdog/Atlan ...

  13. Coldplay Extends Euro Chart Reign

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay starts a third week at No. 1 on the new European Top 100 Albums chart with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI). But it's all change atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where Duffy's "Mercy&quo ...

  14. ISPs On The Agenda At BPI AGM

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the brightest burning topics in the U.K. industry -- the labels' ongoing dialog with ISPs -- was discussed and dissected today at the BPI annual general meeting. Today's gathering at the Mayfair Hotel in central London was held ag ...

  15. Coldplay Retains Euro Chart Crown

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay secures a second week atop European Top 100 Albums with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), in a top ten featuring strong new sales for Sigur Ros and the Jonas Brothers. Meanwhile, Duffy's "Me ...

  16. Travis Returns With 'Ode', New Label Deal

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Scottish melodic rock quartet Travis is lining up a late September release for their sixth studio album, which will arrive through the resuscitated Red Telephone Box label. The new album, "Ode To J Smith," will land on Sept. 29, thanks t ...

  17. Coldplay's 'Viva' Grabs Top Spot On Euro Chart

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay moves to the European Top 100 Albums summit with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), on which it debuted at No. 4 on part-week sales last week. Meanwhile, Duffy's "Mercy" (A&M/Univers ...

  18. Duffy Reigns Supreme On Euro Charts

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A&M/Universal's Duffy continues her reign on Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as "Rockferry" starts a third consecutive and sixth aggregate week atop European Top 100 Albums and "Mercy" leads Eurochart Hot 1 ...

  19. Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" Sells Platinum In 3 Days

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's hugely anticipated new album "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" has easily secured the No. 1 slot on this week's Official U.K. Albums Chart, selling 302,000 units in just three-days at retail. It means the a ...

  20. Madonna Proves Hard To Push From Euro Chart Summit

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There's no dethroning Madonna on Billboard's pan-European sales charts. Her reign continues as the Warner Bros. album "Hard Candy" enters a fourth week atop European Top 100 Albums and "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Tim ...

  21. Madonna's 'Candy' Sticks At No. 1 In Europe

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's another triumphant chart week in Europe for Madonna, who retains leadership of both European Top 100 Albums with "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.), for a third week, and Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "4 Minutes" featuring ...

  22. Wombats Burrow Into Royal Albert Hall

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall is canvassing new and breaking artists to perform on its famous stage. The distinctive venue in west London is launching an initiative this week, entitled the Albert Sessions, which enables bands to perf ...

  23. OCC: Brit Download Biz On The Up

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's digital music market is showing encouraging signs of growth. During the first quarter, sales of digital albums rose by 69.3% compared with Q1 2007, according to basic figures published today by the Official U.K. Charts Company. Also ...

  24. Madonna Extends Euro Chart Reign

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna starts a second week at the helm of both Billboard's pan-European sales charts, securing a fourth week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake, and a second atop European Top 100 Al ...

  25. Coldplay's 'Violet Hill' Cracks Top 10 Despite Giveaway

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's decision to give-away its new track "Violet Hill" has apparently has done little to cannibalise purchases of the single. The track opened at No. 8 on the new Official U.K. Singles Chart, published today, selling more than ...

  26. Mail On Sunday Hopes Sir Paul Will Emulate Prince

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Mail on Sunday (MoS), one of the U.K.'s best-selling national Sunday newspapers, claims it has established itself as a music distribution brand-leader with its controversial CD "cover-mounts" campaign which this month sees it gi ...

  27. Rockferry Stays On Top In Europe

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) leads European Top 100 Albums for a third week, while the new Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey shows Madonna's "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.), featuring Justin Timberlake, at the he ...

  28. Duffy's 'Rockferry' Solid At No. 1 In Europe

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Duffy starts a second week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal). But its hit "Mercy" is usurped at the top of Eurochart Hot 100 Singles by Madonna's "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.), ...

  29. Digital Music Body Calls For Reforms

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The digital arm of British retail trade body ERA is pushing for a series of reforms which it says are essential for continued growth in the market. ERA Digital, which represents digital music businesses under the auspices of the Entertainment Reta ...

  30. Muse Chasing New Fans Across The Globe

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While Muse has carved-out a reputation for pushing the boundaries musically, the British alternative rock trio has been particularly busy of late exploring new routes to their fans. The live music juggernaut is on the verge of completing a hattric ...

  31. Grammys Satellite Link For Winehouse

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse will be making an appearance at the Grammy Awards this Sunday, but only in a virtual sense. The artist will be performing at the 50th annual event via satellite link-up. Winehouse's visa application to enter the United States wa ...

  32. BPI Reports Festive Download Cheer

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bumper festive season activity helped U.K. download sales in 2007 rise by almost 50% year-on-year, according to new figures issued today by the BPI. Total download sales for the year reached 77.6 million, the BPI reports, up 47.7% from the 52.5 mi ...

  33. Pre-Christmas CD Sales On The Up, Says BPI

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI has reported a standout trading period in the lead-up to Christmas. CD album sales could achieve the rare feat of topping the 8 million mark this week, the trade body said today, on the back of 6.3 million CD sales last week. The figures a ...

  34. Christmas Comes Early For U.K. Singles Chart

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST A swathe of well-known Christmas hits from past holidays, including favorites by Wham!, Wizzard and Shakin' Stevens, looks set to enter the U.K. top 40 this Sunday, as the first Yuletide nears in which download-only sales are computed by the ...

  35. Lewis' 'Spirit' Soars Into History Books

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis' "Spirit" (SyCo) has entered into the record books, becoming the fastest-selling debut album in U.K. chart history. The former "X-Factor" winner's album sold more than 375,000 copies in the seven days endi ...

  36. OFT Sheds Light On Its UMG-V2 Clearance

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has published in-depth detail behind its decision to approve Universal Music Group's acquisition of V2. In its assessment, posted today on the OFT Web site, the competition regulator noted that the two c ...

  37. Lewis' 'Spirit' Off To A Flier

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leona Lewis' debut album "Spirit" (Syco) has had a blistering start at retail, selling more than 130,000 copies on its first day on the racks yesterday. The set has sold as many as the rest of the top 10 albums combined, according t ...

  38. Britney Spearheads Hot Euro Chart Return

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears' comeback album "Blackout" (Jive/Zomba) has lit up the European Top 100 Albums Chart, holding off new sets from the returning Eagles and Eros Ramazzotti to soar to the No. 1 slot. "Blackout" benefits from a ...

  39. Radiohead’s Parlophone Box Set Arrives For Christmas

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST A Radiohead boxed set, spanning the British band's first six studio albums plus a live record, will be available from Dec. 10, EMI said today. The seven-CD limited edition sets will comprise the band's Parlophone albums "Pablo Honey ...

  40. U.K. Biz Hits Download Highpoint

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The British digital market registered a banner sales week last week, shifting 1.7 million downloads. In a joint statement issued today, the BPI, its retail counterpart ERA, and their jointly-owned charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company, ...

  41. Eagles Circle U.K. No. 1 Spot

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles' comeback studio set "Long Road Out Of Eden" (Polydor) looks likely to land at No. 1 when the Official U.K. Albums Chart is published this Sunday. According to the Official U.K. Charts Company's midweek sales analysi ...

  42. OCC Opens Up Charts To USB, Vinyl Hybrid Formats

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The USB memory stick and the vinyl hybrid formats have been granted new eligibility status for the U.K. charts. Vinyl hybrid formats, which carry DVD or CD on one side and vinyl on the other side, will become eligible for the chart listings, accor ...

  43. U.K.'s OCC Launches New Chart

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mark Ronson's new single "Valerie" (Columbia), featuring Amy Winehouse on vocals, is the first No. 1 on a new official U.K. black music chart launched this week. British charts compilers the Official U.K. Charts Company has establis ...

  44. Talbot Joins OCC As MD

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Official U.K. Charts Company (OCC) has appointed Martin Talbot to the newly-created role of managing director. Talbot, who has edited Music Week for five years, will join the company on Oct. 1. The OCC says his appointment is part of a drive t ...

  45. Mika's 'Motion' Moves To No. 1 In Europe

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Almost six months after its first appearance on European Top 100 Albums, Mika's "Life In Cartoon Motion" (Casablanca/Universal Island) hits No. 1 for the first time. Meanwhile, Rihanna's "Umbrella" (Def Jam) featuring ...

  46. Prince U.K. Covermount Generates Records Newspaper Sales

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Mail on Sunday's controversial Prince CD giveaway helped push the newspaper to record-busting sales. The newspaper's managing director Stephen Miron says that 2.81 million editions of the covermounted issue were sold last Sunday, up ...

  47. U.K. H1 Albums Market Slumps

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sales of physical CD albums in the United Kingdom slipped by 10% during the first half of 2007, according to over-the-counter sales figures released today by the BPI. CD album sales declined to 57.9 million units during the first six months, the O ...

  48. Rihanna, Bon Jovi Unmoved From Euro Chart Peaks

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi and Rihanna extend their winning runs at the top of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, published today. The long-running rock band's "Lost Highway" (Universal Island) gets a third week at the helm of European Top 1 ...

  49. Arctic Monkeys Set For Digital Milestone

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Arctic Monkeys are on course to break another chart record, this time on digital sales. Thanks to a relaxing in January of the rules governing eligibility for the Official U.K. Singles Chart, all 12 tracks from the new Domino album "Favou ...

  50. Avril The 'Best' In Europe

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Avril Lavigne makes a winning start on the new European Top 100 Albums chart with "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA). Her third album opens at the top of the pan-European survey after becoming an instant bestseller in the United Kingdom, German ...

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