The Real Chart Top 100
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The race is on for the Christmas topper, but Ed Sheeran for the time being retakes the top spot on reduced sales...
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. YouTube seems to have stopped blocking the embedding of certain videos. But if they do I will use MUZU.TV for them. 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 to November 26
Real Chart 03 December 2017
Real Chart 10 December 2017
Real Chart 17 December 2017
Real Chart News....
NEW CHART for 17 December 2017.
It's the last chart before we reveal the Christmas number one next Sunday and the race is hotting up already. We start with the campaign records first. Wham following the death of George Michael last Christmas, no pun intended, fans of course are trying to make the record number one at Christmas, since it was also deprived the honour after coming up against the mighty Band Aid in 1984, when first issued. There is no danger of that record this time stopping it, since it is way down the chart at 62. But success is by no means guaranteed for the record. The first block could be what is currently preventing it from being top, in the form of Ed Sheeran returning to the top spot, however his sales are falling down. Next up is more Ed Sheeran records, this time as a featured artist with Eminem, who currently stands at 36, but is top already on iTunes, or was at the close of play for this chart. Though Ed has a another collaboration track with classical singer Andrea Bocelli, I don't believe it is really a contender for the top. We also have the rock campaign. This year they have gone with AC/DC again, presumably because one of their members died the other week. And a track that dates to the summer of 1982, but only reached number 17 in the Real Chart and lasted six weeks. It has a good chance of beating that position, but I don't see it being top. Most of the contenders for the Christmas chart topper will already be in our chart, simply because they had to be issued Friday to get a full week of sales on the Official Chart, which comes out Friday. It's possible that someone will issue a track today or Monday, but it has less chance of being top on the other chart, if they do. The campaigners also waited till Friday to start buying up the Wham and AC/DC tracks already available. It seems most Wham fans targeted the actual Wham album, rather than going for a Now version, at least on iTunes. Other's, if they already had purchased the Wham track, went for a remix, since download sites don't allow you to pay for the track you already own, since you can download it for free. Which of course the free download would not count on the Official Charts. AC/DC fans of course were all over the place, so many of the download sites, especially Amazon were full of different AC/DC tracks. One thing is for certain the X-Factor winner has little chance of being top at Christmas, as the sales tumble like cards. Most of Rak-Su's tracks, that are still available only on iTunes, have also taken big dives in the chart. The rest of the X-Factor acts got wiped out this week, with only Grace just surviving at 96.
Many of the other tracks going up the charts are doing so on the strength of being just 59p on iTunes. Plus the Christmas party records, including Dean Martin, who is the second of our artists to die on Christmas Day, he also made a Christmas record!.
The rest of the runners include a reworking of the Eric and Ernie song, by Michael Ball and Alfie Boe. I believe it is connected to a TV drama about the two comedians being shown over Christmas. Eric and Ernie themselves have made the Real Chart before, but they had no great success with their songs.
Strictly Come Dancing last week had an effect on the charts, even though most of the songs used are not the original recordings. But we can account for the Andra Day hit at 60 as being connected to the show. Last night's final featured Ed Sheeran in person, singing his current chart topper. Another TV show on BBC Four about a group of metal detectorists, has also been selling it's theme tune for several weeks now, but it has only made the chart this year for the first time.
Other new hits include Lilly Allen and former X-Factor contestant Lucy Spraggen. Eminem's new album is flooding the charts, plus he seems to have teamed up with everyone on the tracks.
We have lost 25 records this week. Among the long runners and big sellers going are Justin Bieber and J Balvin. The highest to go was Rak-Su from 41, closely followed by a new entry from Sam Smith at 42 with Palace!
Next Sunday will be the final chart of the year and the Christmas Number One!
The new best sellers chart is up now and it will be the last before the full year one. So check that out on the best sellers page.
The last PDF file covering November is now available. The next one will be the full year chart one posted after Christmas. All the other files have been removed for November.
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?