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Old 09-01-2004, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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From news.bbc.co.uk/ -

"Countdown to download chart debut

The UK's first official music download chart is to be launched on Wednesday.
The most popular tracks downloaded from legal UK sites - including iTunes, OD2, mycokemusic.com and Napster - will be counted down on BBC Radio 1.

Presenter Scott Mills will reveal the first weekly download top 20 during his drivetime show at 1800 BST.

Industry figures hope the chart will reflect the changes in how we listen to music. It will be overseen by the same body which runs the singles chart.


A rival chart, from download service Napster, was launched on Virgin Radio on Sunday.

Maroon 5's song She Will Be Loved was the most downloaded song bought from the Napster service in the UK.


"1 September will go down as an historic date in the history of the UK recording industry "- Peter Jamieson, BPI

Over the last year legal downloading in the UK has seen a massive increase, with over 2 million legal downloads sold since January.

Many high-profile acts such as Sugababes, Muse, Westlife, Faithless, Jet, Goldie Lookin' Chain and Snow Patrol are vying for their place in musical history by releasing tracks the week before in an attempt to take the coveted first number one place.

DJ Scott Mills told Radio Five Live: "What we have found - especially with Radio 1 listeners who are aged primarily 15 to 24 - is that young fans of bands like Snow Patrol and Starsailor live with computers every day of their lives.

"Downloading music is not alien to them. It is just another way of buying music."

James Gillespie, of The Official UK Charts Company, which is compiling the countdown, told Radio Five Live he hoped the chart would also help boost single and album sales.

"It is going to be the first time that UK music consumers can see which is the most popular download track," he said.

"In the US it has really got people excited by music again.

"The physical market of CDs and DVDs have actually increased over there and we are confident the same will happen here."

Peter Jamieson, chairman of the British Phonographic Industry, said: "1 September will go down as an historic date in the history of the UK recording industry.

"The launch of the Official UK Download Chart will provide a real promotional focus for the emerging download market and will serve to drive consumer interest even higher."

Test data featured in industry magazine Music Week showed Shapeshifters' Lola's Theme at number one, with The Streets' Dry Your Eyes at number two"


This should be interesting. Starts tonight. Hopefully it will give a better insight to music today than the UK Top 40 does.
( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertain...ic/3617020.stm )
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