Thursday, January 11, 2007

HMV Drops Singles Chart

HMV is pulling the official UK singles chart from its stores after more than 40 years, saying it is no longer relevant to the way it sells music.

Chart rules were changed last week, allowing downloads to be counted even if a single was not available in shops.

Sunday's top 40 featured half-a-dozen such singles, including Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars which went in at nine.

HMV says it is "not against the change" but will use its own chart from now on to avoid having gaps in its displays.

The high street chain had supported the national singles chart since the 1960s and was one of the last major retailers to display the top 40 in-store.

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