While BBC Radio 1 are still basking in the glow of scoring a Number 1 single of their own earlier this month, with the Live Lounge All Stars’ charity cover of Times Like These, the station are celebrating once again today as new figures confirm that The Official Chart with Scott Mills is officially the biggest chart show on radio in the UK.
The latest RAJAR figures for the first quarter of 2020 put the Official Charts Company-compiled chart show that is broadcast exclusively on BBC Radio 1, as the UK’s Number 1 chart show, reaching 1.405m listeners weekly.
Add in the Official Chart First Look preview show too (every Sunday at 6pm), and its reach extends even further to 1.588m listeners.
Huge congrats to @scott_mills and the team behind Radio 1's Official Chart show for their latest listening figures 👏— BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network Press Office (@BBCRadio1PR) May 15, 2020
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The Official Chart has graced Radio 1’s airwaves in various guises for five decades. In summer 2015 the Official Chart moved to Friday drive-time in as part of a transition that saw music release dates align around the world to the new day of Friday.
The presenter baton was passed to Scott Mills in June 2018, whose mission statement when he took over at the helm was to make The Official Chart “Friday’s main event”. Well, he’s certainly done that - the Official Chart is now the biggest chart countdown on UK radio.
Tune into The Official Chart with Scott Mills from 4pm every Friday on BBC Radio 1.
What makes The Official Chart “official”?
The Official Chart, heard exclusively on BBC Radio 1 every Friday, is compiled by the Official Charts Company on behalf of the British music industry.
The Official Chart is “the only chart that counts” – it’s the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, capturing full UK music market consumption across 7 days of physical sales, downloads, audio streaming and video streams.
The Official Chart includes daily data feeds from a staggering 15,000+ retailers and digital services - from high street shops, supermarkets, independent record shops, all major digital download stores such as Amazon and iTunes, all key audio streaming services including the likes of Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Tidal, video streaming platforms such as YouTube, plus many more.
The chart that is subscribed to by the British music industry, broadcast by the BBC, verifies all-time record-breaking chart feats and decides the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1 is The Official Chart.