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
AT LAST a new number one!! Plus Glen Campbell's death impacts the charts...
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 30 July
Real Chart 06 August 2017
Real Chart 13 August 2017
Real Chart News....
NEW CHART for 13 August 2017.
Finally Luis and the gang give up the number one slot after another six weeks there, bringing their total up to 12 weeks altogether. It was only by a few thousand that they lost, thanks to at least two of the main sites keeping the record top! But after nine weeks Calvin Harris and his crew climbed the summit. However it doesn't look they will be long on top! For already the new record from P!nk has taken the top from them on iTunes, selling very well from the start, when it was released Thursday. An odd day to release a record, but there you go! It does explain however why she is higher up our chart than a Friday released number one would be.
After the loss of Glen Campbell earlier in the week, the public decided to download some of his tracks and of course buy his albums. Some, but by no means all of his major hit records have made the charts today. One notable exception is that of his Real Chart number one, Honey Come Back. The official charts when that was top did not include sales from Woolworths, whereas our chart did. Probably why it did not make the top on the Official/BBC chart. With Woolies favouring middle of the road tracks over the rock of the early 70's and late 60's, the Real Chart has some differences over the other chart at that time, especially easy listening records. It's almost certain that Glen's first Real Chart hit was in 1961. But didn't get into the swing of things on his own till 1967. However he played as a session musician on most of the major hits of the 60's, including the Monkess' hits and Frank Sinatra's Strangers In The Night, plus many more. He worked as part of a team of session musicians, who the record companies did not publicly acknowledge, because they didn't want the public to know that many artists didn't play their own instruments, at least the ones in bands. When Glen got around to doing his own material, he had the session crew with him all the way. In a way it's a pity that most of his hits that have charted today did so on Real Charts that are not sorted out yet. Hence why the highest positions are blank. But I wouldn't be at all surprised if the record at 30 reached the top three on first release, perhaps going as high as number two. Sadly they will all fall next week. But at least we can appreciate a great singer and musician this week.
The Now 97 effect continues to cause sales patterns that are odd. On Monday in the iTunes chart, 19 of the top 100 were all duplicates. This left buyers a choice of only 81 records. And if you look at the sales of this week's chart, you can see that after only a few places after that 81 number, sales go into sharp decline. The other factor in play is the 59p records. Nearly 20 records were awarded that honour. Some lost the status and others gained it. One I think even regained it after going back to 99p the week before! The one benefiting most seems to have been the Script, though a record about rain on a very rainy week might also have helped it!
The top 40 seems to have had a sales boost, taking the records selling 40K outside the top 40. Though it seems to have clobbered the 30K section instead. Down at the bottom, sales are up just one thousand, probably thanks to a lot of Friday issued records selling well.
The only record selling well connected to TV adverts is Rufus at 50. It features on a Samsung advert.
HMV digital did come back to life, at least by Friday, but the top 100 was only at top 60. Seems a shame that the HMV site is so poorly designed and looked after.
Only one long runner fell out, despite 23 entries! That was Kygo who sold a million copies too! The highest to go was Skrillex from 64. Despite the fact it was priced at 59p!
The monthly update is up now, including all the charts for July as well as the rest of the year so far. All the others for July have been removed.
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.
Starting on the 28 July 2016, I was able to start adding the sale symbols to records in the 1965 charts, thanks to blog reader John adding them up. This system changed on 16 October 2016 and from the 30 May 1965 all the sales symbols are up to date with the chart.
Shortly I will start the 1966 charts on the same page. As yet I have not sorted out the best sellers for 1965.
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?