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James Masterton's Chart Update

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UK chart commentator James Masterton brings you a detailed roundup of the happenings in the Official UK Singles Chart. Drilling down to the stories behind the hits, with some facts and stats that may surprise you. His books, The Top 40 Annual 2012, 2013 and 1988 are now available for Kindle and other Ebook formats.

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UK chart commentator James Masterton brings you a detailed roundup of the happenings in the Official UK Singles Chart. Drilling down to the stories behind the hits, with some facts and stats that may surprise you. His books, The Top 40 Annual 2012, 2013 and 1988 are now available for Kindle and other Ebook formats.

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Rank #1: December 2018: The Xmas No.1 Race

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Midway through what is turning out to be the tightest Xmas No.1 battle for some years, James talks through the runners and riders. And just why this turned out to be the last thing anyone expected.

Dec 19 2018

18mins

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Rank #2: October 2018: Calvin Harris' Perfect Ten

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As Calvin Harris writes himself into the table of all-time chart greats with his tenth Number One single, this podcast examines his chart history, deals with the "missing four" singles that he also claims as Number One hits, and recounts the 1990 tale of the closest chart race in modern day history.

Oct 03 2018

24mins

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Rank #3: June 2018: Rule Tweaks, Jess, George and Bandits

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If it is summer time it must mean a set of rule changes in the Official UK Singles chart. James explains all and recaps the last few months of Number One singles.

Jun 27 2018

26mins

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Rank #4: February 2018 : Drake and Barnum. Locked in at Number One

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In a shocking twist this month's big stories are the same as last month's. Both Drake and The Greatest Showman hold firm at the top of the singles and albums charts respectively. James explains just why this has happened.

Feb 21 2018

16mins

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Rank #5: January 2018: Drake, Eminem and PT Barnum

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We didn't have to wait too long for the new year to become fascinating. Drake mumbles his way to another Number One single, replacing Eminem a week after he'd also done something interesting. But just what is the fascination suddenly with movie musicals?

Jan 29 2018

22mins

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Rank #6: December 2017 : Christmas Number One Contenders

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As the race to become this year's Christmas Number One gets fully underway, the prospects are this could be just as an exciting ride as last year. James explains the tracks involved, what their prospects are, and where there is reason to be nervous about songs from an unexpected quarter.

Dec 03 2017

23mins

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Rank #7: November 2017: 25 years of chart history

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James marks 25 years of pop charts pontificating with a look back at the archive and what past trends teach us about the present day.

Nov 15 2017

24mins

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Rank #8: September 2017: Bye bye million sellers. Hello Official Chart Millionaires

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The old idea of a million 'selling' single is dead. Because nothing sells in that number anymore. So the Official Charts Company have a new way of defining success, and we'll explore it in detail in this podcast.

Sep 20 2017

21mins

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Rank #9: June 2017: Rule tweaks and changes

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So calm down everyone, they are about to unbreak the singles chart. In this podcast, James explains the rule tweaks and how they aim to make things better.

Jun 26 2017

15mins

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Rank #10: April 2017: Harry Styles is solo and top

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As yet another member of One Direction tops the UK charts, James looks at the history of the group, the epic nature of his single Sign Of The Times and talks to Bev, an online pop fan about just how this uniquely modern version of fandom actually works.

Apr 19 2017

34mins

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