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  • I remember someone mentioning this before, plus also that the first chart of 1978, also only a top 30, has been extended to a top 50

    https://www.officialcharts.com/chart...19780101/7501/

    I remember commenting that all the OCC appear to have done is list the fallers from the top 30 in the same order they appeared in the previous week's chart from number 31 downwards and then after that list the remaineder of the previous week's top 50 in the order they appeared (except for the records that had just climbed into the top 30). Although 'Who's Gonna Love Me' by The Imperials should be at number 46 with 'Only The Strong Survive' by Billy Paul at number 45 on the 07 January 1978 chart.

    The 08 January 1977 chart at the OCC website is a top 30 only chart, so I'm not sure why some of the charts have been unnecessarily extended to a top 40 when others haven't https://www.officialcharts.com/chart...19770102/7501/

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    • I know Hanboo created a Top 50 and others have done the same over the years (Chartwatch?) so it might have been that. It’s odd either way!
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      • OCC... Be inconsistent?... Especially on their online chart archive?... I need to sit down.

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        • I found this chart in the Cash Box issue dated January 9, 1954 (they published NME's top ten in their "London Low Down" column).

          This Week’s Best Selling Pop Singles:
          (Courtesy of “The New Musical Express”)
          1. “Answer Me” FRANKIE LAINE
          2. “Answer Me” DAVID WHITFIELD
          3. “Let’s Have A Party” WINIFRED ATWELL
          4. “Oh, Mein Papa” EDDIE CALVERT
          5. “Swedish Rhapsody” MANTOVANI ORCH.
          6. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” JIMMY BOYD
          7. “Swedish Rhapsody” RAY MARTIN
          8. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” BEVERLY SISTERS
          9. “Chicka-Boom” GUY MITCHELL
          10. “Poppa Piccolino” DIANA DECKER

          This chart doesn't match any of the charts listed here or in OCC's database. The chart was frozen for two weeks around this time. Could Cash Box have got an exclusive chart? I would be surprised if that was the case...

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          • The last NME chart of 1953 is dated 18 December. The next is dated 8 Jan 1954. Cash Box issue dated 9 Jan 1954 would have been printed a few days before, around say 3-5 Jan (Thinking of how all papers worked and guessing a little) so this chart would have needed to be with them for 2 Jan. Let’s say it was that date. This could be the ‘Christmas’ chart for 1953. It is possible it was compiled but never printed because NME didn’t print.

            As to exclusive, I would not be surprised if it was - we don’t know what the contract between Cash Box and NME was and it could have stipulated a chart should be sent each week.
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            • Actually, being the w/e 25 Dec chart makes more sense reading the 16 Jan Cash Box which states that as most record shops are closed we use the Sheet Music chart this week.
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              • Great! It is like finding a missing piece of jigsaw.

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                • I know what you mean. That said though, the next chart they print (6 Feb) also does not correspond with anything NME listed. I know the newspapers ran mid week NME charts in the 60’s, 70’s - could this be that?
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                  • Ah ... I had assumed, wrongly, that the charts either side corresponded.

                    I think there was a period in the mid-60s when the NME were producing 4 or 5 charts a week.

                    There was the main Top 30 with the Wednesday publishing date. Then they provided a chart to various Saturday evening newspapers which (as the first editions went to press late morning) was probably provided on Friday. Then they provided a chart to the Sunday Mirror; this was marked 'exclusive' so must have been different to the previous one. Then for periods they provided a 'specially compiled' chart for Radio Luxembourg's Top 20 show on Sunday night. Contrary to claims elsewhere this differed from the chart they provided to Billboard.

                    Then there was the chart they provided to the Daily Mail and Daily Sketch. Was this from the main chart? My memory (which may be false) is that they had 'For Your Love' as a stand-alone number one in the Sketch whereas it was a joint number one in the main chart.

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