Posted on Monday, July 13, 2015
by Paul in Music
It’s a podcast weekend, so check that out in the post below. Nearly two hours long, this one.
So then. We skipped last week’s chart, which was the last one to be announced on a Sunday, before the music industry’s “Global Release Date” scheme harmonised all new releases on a Friday around the world. So from here on, the chart will be announced on a Friday afternoon. It gets a shorter slot on Radio 1 – cut from three hours to 1h45 – but it’s actually a significant trade up. Listening figures are much higher on a Friday afternoon, and besides, playing the entire chart is just not a sensible format in these days of streaming media, and in an era when the chart itself is relatively slow.
The Sunday night slot is a British tradition – Radio 1 has been playing the entire chart in that slot since 1962 – but like Top of the Pops, it’s long outstayed its usefulness. And the significance of that Sunday slot is easy to overstate, because although the chart was calculated on the basis of a Sunday-to-Saturday week, it wasn’t actually possible to turn around the calculations in 24 hours until 1987. Before then, the chart was actually announced on Tuesday, so the Sunday night show was playing the chart from the previous week. Things moved more slowly in the analogue age.