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Another rival publication, Melody Maker, began compiling its own chart; it telephoned 19 stores to produce a Top 20 for 7 April 1956.It was also the first chart to include Northern Ireland in its sample.However, it had a significantly smaller sample size than some rival charts.Readers followed the charts in various periodicals and, during this time, the BBC used aggregated results of charts from the NME, Melody Maker, Disc and (later) Record Mirror to compile the Pick of the Pops chart.The charts were also published in Record Retailer (rebranded Record & Tape Retailer in 1971 and Music Week in 1972) However, the BMRB often struggled to have the full sample of sales figures returned by post.The 1971 postal strike meant data had to be collected by telephone, but this was deemed inadequate for a national chart; by 1973, the BMRB was using motorcycle couriers to collect sales figures.A rival chart show, The Vodafone Big Top 40, is based on i Tunes downloads and commercial radio airplay across the Global Radio network only, is broadcast on Sunday afternoons from to on 145 local commercial radio stations across the United Kingdom.The Big Top 40 is not officially regarded by the industry or wider media.
Gallup attempted to block Millward Brown's new chart by complaining to the Office of Fair Trading about the contractual clause in which BARD retailers exclusively supplied sales data to the CIN, but the interim order was rejected.
(publisher of Music Week), in cooperation with the BBC and the British Association of Record Dealers (BARD) – representing retailers, including W H Smith, Woolworths, HMV and Virgin – who agreed to exclusively supply sales data to the CIN.
In late 1991 the sample consisted of 500 stores scanning barcodes of all record sales into an Epson PX-4 computer, and 650 other stores providing sales data through their own EPo S computerised tills.
The first number one on the UK Singles Chart was "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino for the week ending date 14 November 1952.
As of the week ending date , the UK Singles Chart has had 1338 different number-one hits.
The company regards a selected period of the New Musical Express chart (only from 1952 to 1960) and the Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969 as predecessors for the period prior to 11 February 1969, where multiples of competing charts (none official) coexisted side by side.