January 05, 2007

Music takes one step forward, two steps back

From this Sunday, ‘old’ tracks will be eligible for the Official Singles Chart, meaning a return to the Top 10 for tracks released over six months ago.

Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars was released in August 2006, but is still going strong online. In fact, with the ‘new rules’ it’s expected to return to the Top 10 this Sunday.

If the rules had been in place before Christmas, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas (Is You) would have been in the Top 10, as would an ancient Proclaimers track.

So let’s get this straight a minute…

The charts have been lying to us all this time! What was in the charts has only been what was deemed (by someone) ‘new’ music.

When was it decided Snow Patrol was no longer new? (Stop sniggering at the back!).

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  1. Mmmmm not too sure…. I always thought it was based on sales… I distinctly remember Bryan Adams holding a (UK) record for something ridiculous like 16 weeks at number 1 with “Everything I do”, and then WetWetWet breaking it with something like 18 weeks with “Love is all around”. Something like that anyway.

    But that could well just be sales based on a six month time frame.

    Never really thought about it to be honest, thanks for bringing it up.

    05 Jan 2007, 18:30

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