How Do the Charts Work?

How Do the Charts Work?

The Official Charts were formed back in 1952 and was published by New Music Express (NME). Percy Dickins (Joint founder of NME) compile the chart by literally speaking with a range of record stores. Contrary to popular belief, anyone can register a sound recording - find out how to

It was only in 1963 that the top 50 became independently audited which paved the way for a broad range of acts to become stars. Moving forward some 40 years the charts are much more complicated now as there are numerous charts which all count towards the holy grail of music – A No.1 record.

Gone are the days where you simply go to a record shop to buy music - The music market place is much more diverse. With the introduction of digital downloads as well as physical CD sales the charts had to embrace technology and in 2005 Digital downloads were introduced as an official chart.

FACT: Gnarls Barkley was the first act to reach No.1 in the Official UK Singles Chart on downloads alone.

Contrary to popular belief, anyone can register a sound recording. All that you need to do is register with the relevant royalty societies (PPL/PRS etc). There are 3 main elements to ensuring your records and record sales are eligible for chart reporting:

1.    You/your recording is registered with PPL
2.    Your sound recording has been given a barcode (This is called an ISRC code)
3.    The store that you sell your music through is chart reporting.

Think of OOiZiT.com as a social network, record label (independent or major) and digital download store rolled into one. When you register with ooizit.com and upload your track for sale you will instantly receive an ISRC code that is unique to your track. Meaning you can create a profile, upload a track, register with PPL, receive your ISRC code and sell YOUR track in minutes – Safe in the knowledge that each sale counts towards the UK charts.

We do everything a record label does to ensure your tracks are eligible, plus more! That means no need for a record deal, no signing away copyrights no changing your music to suit the label. All you need to concentrate on is doing what you do best, making quality music and selling records.

Not every retailer (an online store or shop front that sells downloads) count towards chart positions. Regulations are very strict and retailers have to adhere to the chart rules, registration formats and stringent reporting processes have to be implemented.

Essentially there are three main categories for chart qualification:

  • Physical Only single release - Purchasing a physical CD
  • Digital Only Singles Release – Digital downloads through services such as OOiZiT.com and iTunes
  • Digital Albums Formats – this counts downloads and physical sales.

The charts work on sales, so in order to chart you have to sell as many tracks as possible. Put simply:

1.    Ensure the retailer or digital store that you register with contributes their sales to the charts
2.    Ensure the retailer registers tracks with the relevant bodies to record your sales
3.    Sell as many tracks as possible through that retailer
4.    Chart!