Sunday, April 17, 2005

UK Top 75 (17/04/05)

This week, if the news hasn't reached you already, download sales have been intergrated with the UK singles chart, roughly doubling the size of the market and thus supposedly making the charts slightly more interesting and relevant again. Then again, with JK and Joel presenting the show, many listeners argue that this just isn't going to happen.

Already a loophole in the rules has been revealed and exploited, while many of the other tracks have started to achieve that rare feat that is known as 'climbing'.

New Entries:
Number one, and no surprise there, is still Tony Christie managing what is now a fifth week at the top. My single of the week, 'Somewhere Else' gives Razorlight this week's highest new entry at 2, while Ciara fails to match her previous chart success with '1 2 Step' only reaching number 3. Elvis is new at 4 and Freeloaders also make the top 10 with 'So Much Love To Give' at 9.

Interpol have another top 20 hit on their hands with 'C'Mere', at 19, and Anastacia narrowly misses out on a top 20 placing. Her new single 'Heavy On My Heart' is new at 21.

Now, here's the story exposing the oddities that can come out of the download chart. Chart rules state that download sales are only available for inclusion if a physical copy of a single is on release. Gorillaz sneakily released a few hundred copies of a special edition vinyl for 'Feel Good Inc' while encouraging fans to legally download the single several weeks before its official release. The result? A chart placing at 22. It will be interesting to see what happens to this one over the next few weeks.

Other notable new entries include Daft Punk (32), Hal (38), Maroon 5 (39) and Kings of Leon (41).

This week's climbers:
Gwen Stefani is up one place to 10 with 'Rich Girl' while Studio B, Jem and Natalie Imbruglia seem to have also benefitted from the download sales. Phantom Planet and Basement Jaxx allow their hold over the download chart to influence the new top 40 while many hit singles from earlier in the year are present in the lower regions of the chart. 'Galvanise' from the Chemical Brothers and this year's hits from U2 and Eminem have made re-entries, thanks to their popularity with the downloading public.

For the Top 75 in full, click here.