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  • UK Singles Chart in Billboard 18 March 78

    https://www.americanradiohistory.com...1978-03-18.pdf

    Has anyone noticed the odd UK Top 50 published in this issue of Billboard's Hits of the World?

    Among other anomalies it has If I Had Words by Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley at Number One and The Stranglers up to Number Five with Five Minutes...

  • #2
    Very strange... All the new entries are the same as those in the chart dated 5 March 1978, even appearing in exactly the same positions.

    https://www.officialcharts.com/chart...19780305/7501/

    However, "If I Had Words" is at #17 in that week's chart, and none of the new entries from the two weeks before that appear at all in the one Billboard published. The last week's positions are from the chart dated February 19. Inexplicable, really...

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    • #3
      The last week positions are actually correct for the chart of 11 March 1978, which makes sense as it takes time to get the chart across the Atlantic. However - Billboard have taken the last week positions from 11 March, but assumed that the chart previously was 25 Feb 1978. Hence the errors. You can't really trust these unfortunately.
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      • #4
        Billboard have printed the "This Week" and "Last Week" positions for the chart dated 11/03/78, inserting the new entries into their correct positions. But for the titles of the records they have taken what they were in the charts two weeks previous (25/02/78) and used that to determine their current "this week" position. So for example two weeks previous Scott and Yvonne were at number 5, Yellow Dog at number 9, The Stranglers at number 11, Bee Gees at 12 etc.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kingofskiffle View Post
          The last week positions are actually correct for the chart of 11 March 1978, which makes sense as it takes time to get the chart across the Atlantic. However - Billboard have taken the last week positions from 11 March, but assumed that the chart previously was 25 Feb 1978. Hence the errors. You can't really trust these unfortunately.
          Beat me to it. And explained it far better than I did!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kingofskiffle View Post
            The last week positions are actually correct for the chart of 11 March 1978, which makes sense as it takes time to get the chart across the Atlantic. However - Billboard have taken the last week positions from 11 March, but assumed that the chart previously was 25 Feb 1978. Hence the errors. You can't really trust these unfortunately.
            Ah, Yes!
            So in effect they've put the single that was No.5 two weeks ago at No.1 instead of the one that was there last week!

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            • #7
              ^
              Yup!

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