UK Charts

Why a Chart Should Start, Not End, a Conversation

Andy Cotgreave | Posted 01.10.2014 | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Florence And The Machine At Number One

PA | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Florence and the Machine are celebrating their first number one single after Spectrum (Say My Name) crashed into the Top 40 in the top spot on Sunday....

Adele Records Nursery Album

WENN | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Entertainment

Pregnant singer Adele has recorded a secret album - she's made a record of nursery songs for her child. The chart superstar wants tracks played to ...

Streamy Windows

Malcolm Mackenzie | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Malcolm Mackenzie

All charts, like the sides of Frankie Sandford's fringe, are not created equal, and some are definitely cooler than others. The streaming chart has got to be cooler than the dry old Top 40, right?

The Gay 80s: Are We Now Less Accepting of LGBTQ Music?

Thomas Morris | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Morris

That LGBTQ artists ever since Long John have rightfully taken their place at the highest end of the charts is a reflection of music's unique power to form a community of millions. Keep up the good work.

Adele's '21': A Chart Phenomenon

Susana Novo Vázquez | Posted 24.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Susana Novo Vázquez

t's been more than a year since Adele released her second album, 21, in the UK, but he run seems unstoppable. In the past couple of weeks, she won six Grammy Awards, the highest amount by a female in one ceremony (tied up with Beyoncé).

The Vision for Radio 1's Official Chart With Reggie Yates Gets Bigger

Joe Harland | Posted 24.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Joe Harland

Once upon a time everyone knew who was No. 1. My mates, my Mum and probably your Mum too - knew if Blur had beaten Oasis, and whether the Spice Girls had managed to get their sixth chart topper in a row. Now that's no longer the case. Unless it's the Christmas No. 1, with its attendant media hoopla, the specifics of who exactly is heading the charts often passes us by.

Singer's Death Expected To See Download Surge On Singles Charts

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.04.2012 | UK Entertainment

Whitney Houston's music is expected to soar to the top of the charts after the shock news of her death last night, the Official Charts Company (OCC) s...

Kingdom Rush Is This Week's Most Popular iPad App

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 08.02.2012 | UK Tech

Strategy defence devotees have helped Kingdom Rush, developed by Armor Games, to emerge as the most popular paid-for app for the iPad this week. Th...