The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV Official UK Top 40 , is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15, retailers and digital services daily, capturing The OCC website contains the Top chart. The chart week runs from Friday to midnight Thursday,  with most UK physical and digital singles being released on Fridays. From 3 August until 5 July , the chart week ran from Sunday to midnight Saturday. The UK Singles Chart began to be compiled in The company regards a selected period of the New Musical Express chart only from to and the Record Retailer chart from to as predecessors for the period prior to 11 February , where multiples of competing charts none official coexisted side by side.
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Since July it has also incorporated streaming data, and from 10 July has been based on a Friday to Thursday week. The chart was founded in by Percy Dickins of New Musical Express NME , who telephoned 20 record stores to ask what their top 10 highest-selling singles were. Dickins aggregated the results into a top 12 hit parade , which was topped by " Here in My Heart " by Al Martino. NME ' s chart was published each week in its eponymous magazine.
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To examine UK Chart History, we need to go back to the early 's, when the only UK music charts published were for sheet music. A music promoter and agent by the name of Maurice Kinn had put his money where his mouth was and fulfilled his dream of owning a music paper. Together with Percy Dickins, and editor Ray Sonin, he decided it would be a good idea and provide a circulation boost to start publishing similar charts to reflect UK record sales. For the next 8 months the small editorial team planned furiously and on 14th November , the first UK record chart was published in the New Musical Express. The name would not be shortened to NME for some time yet. Crooner Al Martino therefore became the first artist to have a No 1 single in the UK charts and in fact the only record to make No.
U K Charts:. U SA Charts:. Buy now or take a look first on the site. The first British singles chart was published in the November 14, edition of the New Musical Express. It was at first little more than a gimmick, a tool in the circulation war against NME's much older and more popular rival Melody Maker. The chart, at first a top 12, was the creation of the paper's advertising manager, Percy Dickins, who compiled it by telephoning around 20 major record stores and aggregating their sales reports. He would continue to personally oversee the compilation of the chart well into the s. The chart rapidly became one of the paper's most popular features. After only a few weeks, it started being quoted in record company advertisements and press releases.