Why Is The UK Singles Chart So Dull?

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There were no new entries on the Official UK Singles Chart Top 40 last week (Friday, Sept 2nd).

None. And we mean zero new entries in the top 40!

Where Are the New Entries?

Dua Lipa’s Blow Your Mind (Mwah) was the highest new entry in the Top 100 at No.50!

And the Top 14 tracks on the chart were the same as the previous week! Although some of the order changed, including a new No.1 with The Chain-smokers FT Halsey with Closer.

The news in the charts this week (Sept 9th) is not much different, with the Top 7 tracks being exactly the same as the previous weeks (Sept 2nd).

With the highest new entry coming from Zara Larsson at No.30 with Ain’t My Fault.

So why has the UK Singles Chart got so dull? Where are all the new entries?

Well much of the blame is pointed at the formula used by the Official Charts Company to count music streaming, where 100 streams = one single ‘sale’.

Streaming now counts for more than 80% of the UK singles market. And because of this formula, tracks that are being listened to on repeat are being rewarded over those that are being discovered for the first time.

This means, as the UK Top 40 charts of the last couple of weeks show, that these tracks are sticking around for what seems like forever!

So how can this be fixed?

There are a few different ideas within the music industry on how this could be changed, but there are some that say this is doing exactly what the chart should be, and that is reflecting the most popular songs amongst the public whether they’re new releases or not.

One of these ideas is to reduce a track’s streaming ‘sales’ value, although it would change the charts, this idea could have negative effects, by punishing ‘sleeper hits’ and songs which have gained late popularity.

Another idea which is currently being discussed amongst the Official Charts Company, is to borrow a little-known rule which was held in the Top 200 Combined Singles Chart back in the 90s.

This rule meant that any song outside the Top 75 would be excluded from the whole charts if it sales had decreased for two weeks in a row. This was used to help congestion in the lower reaches of the chart, to help leave space for new releases.

This rule is now being suggested to improve the modern charts, with some saying in the industry it could be used to exclude tracks with declining sales outside the Top 10, Top 20 or Top 30, freeing up space for new releases, which sales are on the rise.

This idea would help new release to enter the chart, but it wouldn’t stop the slowdown of movement with the tracks at the top of the chart.

Spotify’s Kevin Brown, also Chairman of the Official Charts Company, spoke about the changes needed within the OCC, “With my Official Charts hat on, right now we’re in a transition period, and it would be very dangerous to jump to quick conclusions because the market is moving rapidly.

“We need to be extremely careful to ensure we respect the chart and don’t make any kneejerk decisions which might compromise its integrity, legacy and heritage.”

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