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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.

Latest Episodes

December 2018: The Xmas No.1 Race

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.

18 MIN2018 DEC 19
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December 2018: The Xmas No.1 Race

October 2018: Calvin Harris' Perfect Ten

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.

24 MIN2018 OCT 3
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October 2018: Calvin Harris' Perfect Ten

June 2018: Rule Tweaks, Jess, George and Bandits

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.

26 MIN2018 JUN 27
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June 2018: Rule Tweaks, Jess, George and Bandits

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

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.

16 MIN2018 FEB 21
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February 2018 : Drake and Barnum. Locked in at Number One

January 2018: Drake, Eminem and PT Barnum

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?

22 MIN2018 JAN 29
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January 2018: Drake, Eminem and PT Barnum

December 2017 : Christmas Number One Contenders

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.

23 MIN2017 DEC 4
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December 2017 : Christmas Number One Contenders

November 2017: 25 years of chart history

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.

24 MIN2017 NOV 15
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November 2017: 25 years of chart history

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

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.

21 MIN2017 SEP 20
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September 2017: Bye bye million sellers. Hello Official Chart Millionaires

June 2017: Rule tweaks and changes

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.

15 MIN2017 JUN 27
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June 2017: Rule tweaks and changes

April 2017: Harry Styles is solo and top

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.

34 MIN2017 APR 19
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April 2017: Harry Styles is solo and top

Latest Episodes

December 2018: The Xmas No.1 Race

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.

18 MIN2018 DEC 19
Comments
December 2018: The Xmas No.1 Race

October 2018: Calvin Harris' Perfect Ten

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.

24 MIN2018 OCT 3
Comments
October 2018: Calvin Harris' Perfect Ten

June 2018: Rule Tweaks, Jess, George and Bandits

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.

26 MIN2018 JUN 27
Comments
June 2018: Rule Tweaks, Jess, George and Bandits

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

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.

16 MIN2018 FEB 21
Comments
February 2018 : Drake and Barnum. Locked in at Number One

January 2018: Drake, Eminem and PT Barnum

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?

22 MIN2018 JAN 29
Comments
January 2018: Drake, Eminem and PT Barnum

December 2017 : Christmas Number One Contenders

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.

23 MIN2017 DEC 4
Comments
December 2017 : Christmas Number One Contenders

November 2017: 25 years of chart history

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.

24 MIN2017 NOV 15
Comments
November 2017: 25 years of chart history

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

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.

21 MIN2017 SEP 20
Comments
September 2017: Bye bye million sellers. Hello Official Chart Millionaires

June 2017: Rule tweaks and changes

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.

15 MIN2017 JUN 27
Comments
June 2017: Rule tweaks and changes

April 2017: Harry Styles is solo and top

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.

34 MIN2017 APR 19
Comments
April 2017: Harry Styles is solo and top
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