What does it take to get a Christmas number one single these days?

By Jade Wright on Dec 17, 12 02:38 PM in Comment
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As the Justice Collective race for the Christmas number one spot, we look at what it takesd to get to number one, which sales count and how the chart is compiled.

About Official Charts Company
The Official Chart is the British music industry's recognised chart i.e the only one that counts. (Not to be confused with the Big Top 40 or the iTunes Chart that you may hear on local radio stations, that is a different unofficial chart with different methodology and rankings).

The Official Charts Company are the providers of the UK's only official music and video charts, as seen at officialcharts.com, on BBC Radio 1, MTV, Music Week, The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Star and many more. Compiling its charts purely from sales information gathered from over 6500 retailers every single day, across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK singles market; 98% of the total UK albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.

The Official Singles Chart captures both physical and digital purchases from most key retailers, e.g HMV, iTunes, Amazon, Play.com, Tesco, Asda Sainsbury's, independent record shops etc. Important to note that the chart week runs from 00.01 Sunday through to midnight Saturday cut off point. Purchase made after this time count towards the following week's chart.

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About OfficialCharts.com
OfficialCharts.com is the all-new destination site of the UK's Official Charts, delivering exclusive breaking chart news, video interviews with the week's Official Number 1 artist, hot new releases and competitions to almost 900,000 of the UK's biggest chart fans monthly. You can access the full Official Singles and Official Albums Chart Top 100, plus official charts for Rock, RnB, Dance, and many more. You can also search our historical chart archive from the Access The Archive box on the home page, here you can search the Official Charts Company archive by date, artist, song or album title or keyword.

View the Official Charts
The Official Charts Company publishes the full Official Singles Chart and Official Albums Charts Top 100 online at http://www.officialcharts.com/singles-chart/and http://www.officialcharts.com/albums-chart/. You can also search our historical chart archive from the Access The Archive box on the home page, here you can search the Official Charts Company archive by date, artist, song or album title or keyword.

Hear the Official Charts
The Official Chart Update with Greg James, 4-4:30pm, BBC Radio 1; The Official Chart Show with Reggie Yates, Sunday 4pm-7pm, BBC Radio 1; Jo Whiley, Mondays 8pm-9pm (Jo features Official Album Chart highlights). BBC Radio 1 can be found on 97-99fm; on DAB Radio; online at bbc.co.uk/radio1; and on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat.
The Official Chart Update gives music fans a weekly sneak preview of the Official Singles and Albums Charts. Every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 4pm, Greg James provides a "half-time" bulletin on his BBC Radio 1 Show, letting music fans in on who is leading the way in the Official Singles & Albums Charts ahead of the Sunday Official Chart announcement. the Update reveals how the runners and riders are selling in the first three days of the sales week (Sunday through Tuesday), outlining the hottest new tracks of the week so far, as well as the new entries and highest climbers.

The single is available in the shops from today. Look out for copies in HMV, Tesco, and in all good record shops. The download is available at HMV online, at iTunes and can still be ordered by texting the word Justice to 80010.

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