In latest years, the typical UK Top 40 single could have made at least eight,000 sales, whereas the number one track could have offered around one hundred,000 copies. The figures for the Official UK album chart are related, with the average top forty album selling over four,000, and the primary typically reaching sales of round 60,000. Other sales embody both paid digital downloads and bodily releases. A stagnant Top forty does not trouble the music industry, which makes more money from a handful of mega-hits than dozens of smaller ones. And the passive listener prefers a number of ubiquitous songs they will keep in mind fondly to the mad hubbub of the Nineties.
From 1960 until 1969, the chart was compiled by combining the charts of four music magazines of the time, specifically ‘Record Mirror, Melody Maker, New Musical Express and Disc and Music Echo. This dictated the chart … Read More