UK Charts

'Into It' Podcast: We Talk 'Broadchurch' Series 3, Ed Sheeran's Chart Success And The 'Strictly' Spectacular

Into It | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Into It

As Ed Sheeran dominates the UK top 10 with tracks from his new album, ÷, the 'Into It' team discuss whether streaming has killed the singles chart for good, and if so, does that actually matter in 2017?

Bowie - A Hero for More Than Just One Day

Martin Talbot | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Martin Talbot

In those 10 years, he produced 11 albums - Hunky Dory, The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pin-Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station To Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) - many of which stand comparison with any albums of any era. And, as a result, more than a dozen will find themselves in the Official Albums Top 100 today.

Staff Reductions on the Horizon: Charting Civil Service Staff Numbers

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

One of the visual challenges we face on Whitehall Monitor is having to chart a large number of departments - at least 16, depending on the data. That...

Little Mix Have A Big Reason To Celebrate

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Entertainment

Little Mix have topped the UK singles chart with their latest single ‘Black Magic’. SEE ALSO: Are You Ready For ‘Little Mix: The Movie'? ...

Why the Official UK Charts Have Moved

Martin Talbot | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Martin Talbot

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 has been a rather remarkable 12 months. Just a year ago, audio streams were ushered into the Official Singles Chart for the first time. I know, it's just been 12 months. Crazy isn't it? Then, in February, streams were reflected for the first time in the Official Albums Chart...

Caroline Frost

These Two Just Made UK Chart History (By Accident) | Caroline Frost | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

You may not have yet heard of The Shires, but they just made British music history, becoming the first EVER (strangely true!) homegrown country music ...

How Track and Field Could Strike Gold When Album Charts Include Streaming

James Brinsford | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

There is a revolution heading towards the Official Album Charts this Spring and it could be just the opening a lot of up and coming bands are looking towards to break through in to the national conscience.

How Do You Tell a Dataviz Expert From an Amateur?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

You need to make a chart for your bosses. It needs to be just right: it has to communicate the message correctly in order to get your bosses to make the correct decision. But - wait - you're a data visualization novice. Oh no! How do you know you're going to make the right chart for the job?

Why a Chart Should Start, Not End, a Conversation

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

An effective chart can answer many questions, but it can never answer all questions. It might answer the exact question the chart designer wanted to answer, but even the most astute designer cannot control his or her audience. A curious audience will read a chart and, with luck, come up with new questions.

What Did the World Cup Do for Data Visualization?

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Cotgreave

Some stories are best told with visualisation... They aren't flashy; they are simple and designed to convey key information quickly... The amount of data being generated by the World Cup lets us explore anything.

Ariana Grande: 9 Facts In 90 Seconds

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Entertainment

Ariana Grande has become the first music act to top the UK singles chart since the rules were changed to allow streaming to count towards a song’s r...

Rik Mayall's World Cup Song Is A Posthumous Hit

PA | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Entertainment

Rik Mayall's 2010 World Cup song 'Noble England' has gone straight into the top 10 of the UK's official singles chart. The track, which was origina...

Every Human On Earth. Dumped In The Grand Canyon. Just Because.

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Tech

Admit it, you've always wanted to know how big the pile would be if every human on Earth was dumped in the Grand Canyon. Well wait no more, here it...

'The Voice' Star Sally Thrashing Jermain In Charts

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

Jermain Jackman may have won ‘The Voice’ UK on Saturday night, but his competitor Sally Barker is winning when it comes to single sales. Jerma...

The Wondering About the One-Hit-Wonder

Joff Thompson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Joff Thompson

If even sitting atop the hit parade can be dismissed as a flop, what then does constitute a hit? Any ideas? Anyone? It's not quite as easy to say when you start to give it some real thought.

Katy Perry Grabs Number One Spot

PA | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Entertainment

Pop princess Katy Perry has roared to the top of the charts with her latest single. The American singer scores her fourth UK number one with power ...

Avicii Tops Chart With Fastest-Selling Single Of The Year

Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Entertainment

Swedish DJ and producer Avicii has scored the fastest-selling single of the year which went straight in at number one today, the Official Charts Compa...

The One with Thatcher and the Top 40

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK
Georgy Jamieson

On Monday lunchtime, as soon as the news broke of Mrs Thatcher's death, I text my husband and I simply put... "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" He knew ...

Sarah Dean

MUSIC BOX: Has Bowie Made It Into The Top 10? | Sarah Dean | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Entertainment

CHART TOPPERS David Bowie's surprise comeback track has made it to number six in the UK singles chart, despite fears it could miss out completely....

The Nation's Number Two

PA/ The Huffington Post Uk | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Entertainment

Ultravox hit Vienna was hailed as an honorary chart-topper after being named the nation's favourite number two single. The single triumphed in a na...

Hillsborough Single Hits Christmas Number One Spot

PA | Posted 22.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

The Hillsborough disaster tribute single topped the charts today to become the 2012 Christmas number one. The Justice Collective's version of He Ai...

MUSIC BOX: Robbie's Sweet Chart Victory

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Dean | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Entertainment

CHART TOPPERS Robbie Williams is celebrating his first solo UK number one hit for eight years with 'Candy' topping the official singles chart. I...

Where Is Nick Clegg's Musical Apology In The Charts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg stormed into the official singles chart today in the latest twist to his turbulent career. A spoof song featuring ...

Sir Elton John Tops Charts With First No1 Album For 20 Years

PA | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Sir Elton John has topped the charts with his first number one album in more than 20 years. The veteran star, who has had six previous chart-toppin...

Will Madonna Ever Have Another UK Number One?

Kaushik Ray | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK Entertainment
Kaushik Ray

If there's one thing we can be pretty sure of, it's that she'll be dancing in her knickers and duetting with her rapper grandchildren when she's 88.