Martin Talbot
Martin Talbot is managing director of the Official Charts Company, providers of the most accurate intelligence data on the British video and music industries – and the most sophisticated chart system anywhere in the world. Talbot joined the world of the Official Charts in October 2007, following several years as editor of Music Week, the trade paper for the UK music industry. Martin started his career in local news, at the Hackney Gazette, where he reported on crime, politics and entertainment. His time at Music Week began in the early 1990s, interrupted by a spell as a staff writer at the NME. He became executive editor of Music Week in January 2002 and editor in January 2005. Talbot is currently overseeing a rebranding of the Official Charts, a relaunch of their consumer web offering ( and a repositioning of the Official Charts as the place “Where Legends Are Made” in time for 2012’s 60th Anniversary of the Singles Chart.

Entries by Martin Talbot

Bowie - A Hero for More Than Just One Day

(4) Comments | Posted 15 January 2016 | (11:07)

Five days after the awful news of his death, David Bowie will be back dominating the Official Charts again later today. The nation will have paid tribute to its musical hero.

We are all familiar with this tradition now - a great, iconic artist passes away, the media responds by...

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More Than 800,000 Reasons Why It's All About Adele

(4) Comments | Posted 28 November 2015 | (00:00)

We're used to Adele shattering records. Her last album, 21, virtually has a page in the history books all to itself, after all.

But in the past week, Adele has begun to turn that page into a chapter. Today she was confirmed at the top of the...

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Why the Official UK Charts Have Moved

(1) Comments | Posted 11 July 2015 | (23:27)

It's a rare thing in your working life to find yourself handling history.

I suspect those working on the new Harper Lee novel To Set A Watchman feel that way right now. It's hard to imagine a more highly anticipated book launch.

And, here at the Official Charts, it...

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Charting the Streaming of Albums

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (12:47)

Next year will mark 60 years since the first albums chart was published in the UK - with Frank Sinatra's Songs For Swinging Lovers heralded as the first weekly Number 1.

This Spring, as the chart begins to make plans for its landmark celebration, it is preparing to usher...

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Christmas Streamers Add to the Festive Spirit

(1) Comments | Posted 16 December 2014 | (00:00)

It's that time of year again. I'm A Celebrity... is a fading memory, the BBC has just crowned its Sports Personality of the Year and a previously little known member of the public has become a pop star overnight by winning the X Factor final.

But after all of...

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Mariah Hits the Million Mark, as UK Fans Download Merrily on High

(0) Comments | Posted 20 December 2013 | (15:59)

When Mariah Carey recorded All I Want For Christmas Is You 20 years ago this month, few could have foreseen that it would become one of the world's all-time festive favourites.

But that status is in no doubt today, as the track became only the ninth Christmas...

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The Only Day in December That Matters - Let Battle Commence!

(2) Comments | Posted 14 December 2013 | (00:00)

For many people, the biggest day of December begins the morning after Santa pops down the chimney.

But, for an array of pop stars, Facebook campaigners, charity singles and chart watchers, attention is focused on another day - the day the Christmas Number One is confirmed.


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From Strawberry Jam to the Biggest Music Format of All Time

(2) Comments | Posted 2 October 2012 | (01:00)

To those of us of a certain age, it is hard to believe it - but the "format of the future" reaches 30 years old this week.

In October 1982, the very first compact disc (as developed by Philips) rolled off the presses. Doesn't feel anywhere near that long,...

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Music Streaming Comes of Age With New Streaming Countdown

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2012 | (12:35)

It is hard to believe that it is now eight years since the first Official Download Chart was launched in the UK. How the world has changed.

Back then, in 2004, the iTunes Store was less than six years old in the UK, YouTube was still a year away, barely...

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Why Noel Gallagher Shouldn't Look Back in Anger at his Lack of Chart Success

(0) Comments | Posted 13 October 2011 | (01:37)

Poor Noel Gallagher. It is a confusing time for the veteran singer-songwriter, who is struggling to understand how the world turns in the era of digital downloads.

The former Oasis songsmith is currently launching his solo career. His first single in July, The Death Of You And...

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Mercury Prize 2011: Adele or PJ? History will Judge...

(3) Comments | Posted 7 September 2011 | (14:16)

So, PJ Harvey's Let England Shake is the 2011 Mercury Prize winner. The album of 2011. Apparently.

The Mercury jury's decision last night is possibly understandable. Polly Harvey is one of the most idiosyncratic, unpredictable and creative artists working in music today. Hers is a unique voice...

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