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Official Vinyl Singles Chart on 4/12/2015

4 December 2015 - 10 December 2015

The UK's official best-selling vinyl albums of the week, compiled by the Official Charts Company based on sales of 7 and 12 inch formats across a seven day period.

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Dave Knight


Where can we purchase vinyl singles anyway? I've seen vinyl albums in HMV, but no singles yet. This surely is a joke right? Justin Bieber has 15 singles in the top 100. Surely some kind of rules or control needs to be altered to the chart. I've noticed since downloading has almost completely took over physical sales of singles, lots of the older artists don't even have hit singles anymore. For example cd singles are almost as extinct as the dinosaurs. But this isn't fair to me, and the top 100 singles charts are so bland its ridiculous. I just hope downloading doesn't have the same affect on the album charts, or we wouldn't see any artists over the age of 25 have hit albums anymore either. It simply wouldn't be worth them being musicians. Something needs to spark a comeback of the physical single, just like vinyl is making a comeback now. Bring back the 7inch vinyl single at a reasonable price I say. Then you'd see artists like Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Pet Shop Boys, even Madonna, back in the top 40, and bring back the diversity we once had.




It's not downloading (though that has allowed album tracks to chart in the past), it's when they added streams. The main chart is no longer comparable with the ones before 2014, because it equates playing a song 1000 times to buying it. If you check the singles *sales* chart (i.e. the official chart from 1952-2014), you'll see less Bieber, though still quite a bit. I think that's just because of the frequency of his releases.




Case in point: Madonna's lead single from her last album made #17 on sales, but dropped to #26 in the official chart with streams. They help some artists, but actively hinder others. Personally loving this vinyl chart with Queen at #1!