I have called this thread "Billboard" because, for those who don't know, I work for UKChartsPlus and produce much of the weekly data files needed for the formatting of each issue. As such, I have access to data that is a premium and since UKChartsPlus is small and doesn't always break even I feel I can't post data from the UK charts at this time. If you want to buy a subscription to UKChartsPlus then please do so as we do not make a profit as every peny goes into the fees the OCC charge us for the charts. http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/
Equally, I want people to also buy my reasonably priced chart books available here http://www.thechartbook.co.uk and so posting UK data is not in my own best interests!
I hope I will be forgiven for only focusing on Billboard at present.
1. Currently I am accepting only one artist per person per request. I will review this in a month and increase the limit. However for now the first artist requested only will be produced.
2. Requests outside of what I can post will be either ignored or rejected. I will be polite but be aware I am a moderator as well so I can more easily deal with abusive or discourteous comments than others can. This is a service I offer out of the goodness of my heart and it will not be abused.
3. I post when I have free time. I will post as often as I can. This may not be as quickly as you may personally want but I will not miss a request. Anybody requesting multiple times will go to the bottom of the list. If you do feel I have missed a request then please PM me (politely) and I shall look into it.
4. Do not ask me to post all Various Artists or Original Soundtrack etc entries. Pick a particular title.
5. Errors. I make errors. I will fix these if I spot them or if I'm told. So if you think I'm wrong let me know. If your right then I'll fix and you get two artists on the next go as a thank you. I have access to most of the Billboard scans and so can easily check these errors and am in the process of going through and doing a quick check myself on everything. But help is always appreciated. The TrackID is listed for each track and that should be quoted so I can more easily find what the problem is.
Charts On Offer
Below is a list of all charts with dates of start and finish currently in the database. I will review this list periodically and update. I update Billboard charts about three times a year and will be doing so again in August which is why my data only extends to 1 April 2017 at present.
I am happy to add other Billboard charts if I have the data and am actively adding new charts all the time. The Billboard EP chart listed below for example is present to the end of 1958 at the time of writing (July 2017) as I have to add the rest. I have the scans just not yet added them all.
Name - Type - First Chart - Last Chart
Billboard Hot 100 - Single - 27.07.1940 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Juke Box Race Records (Harlem Hit Parade) - Single - 24.10.1942 - 17.06.1957
Billboard Juke Box Folk Records (1944-1957) - Single - 08.01.1944 - 17.06.1957
Billboard Juke Box Charts - Single - 08.01.1944 - 17.06.1957
Billboard Disk Jockey Charts - Single - 27.01.1945 - 28.07.1958
Billboard Top LP Charts - Album - 24.03.1945 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Hot Country Singles - Single - 15.05.1948 - 01.04.2017
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Single - 22.05.1948 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Most Played C&W By Jockeys - Single - 10.12.1949 - 13.10.1958
Billboard 45 And EP Album Chart - Album - 22.07.1950 - 26.11.1955
Billboard Most Played R&B By Jockeys - Single - 22.01.1955 - 13.10.1958
Billboard Top 100 (1955-1958) - Single - 12.11.1955 - 28.07.1958
Billboard Albums Most Played By Jockeys - Album - 21.07.1956 - 08.12.1958
Billboard EP Chart - EP - 07.10.1957 - 29.12.1958
Billboard Album Chart Best Selling Stereo / Stereo Action - Album - 25.05.1959 - 10.08.1963
Billboard Hot 100 - Bubbling Under - Single - 01.06.1959 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Album Chart Essential Inventory (Mono) - Album - 04.01.1960 - 31.12.1960
Billboard Album Chart Essential Inventory (Stereo) - Album - 04.01.1960 - 02.01.1961
Billboard Adult Contemporary - Single - 17.07.1961 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Holiday Singles - Single - 30.11.1963 - 28.12.1985
Billboard Holiday Albums - Album - 30.11.1963 - 07.01.2017
Billboard Country Albums - Album - 11.01.1964 - 01.04.2017
Billboard R&B LP's - Album - 30.01.1965 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Bubbling Under The Top 200 Albums - Album - 26.12.1970 - 24.08.1985
Billboard Midline LP's - Album - 24.07.1982 - 22.10.1988
Billboard Compact Disk Chart - Album - 01.06.1985 - 31.03.1990
Billboard Country Singles Recurrents - Single - 01.09.1990 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay - Single - 03.11.1990 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Hot Single Sales - Single - 18.05.1991 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Pop Catalogue Album Chart - Album - 25.05.1991 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Top Country Catalog Albums - Album - 25.05.1991 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Hot 100 Recurrents - Single - 30.11.1991 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Single - 05.12.1992 - 27.02.1993
Billboard Adult Contemporary Recurrents - Single - 17.07.1993 - 01.04.2017
Billboard Comprehensive Album Chart - Album - 22.11.2003 - 28.11.2009
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay Chart - Single - 12.02.2005 - 22.08.2009
Billboard Pop 100 Single Charts - Single - 12.02.2005 - 27.06.2009
Types Of Search
Currently I can search by artist only. While other data appears in the reports I have not yet created a system to do Composer or Producer details. Indeed as you will see I am missing loads of these. If I have the data then it will be present as I check each artist before compiling the chart run for that artist. I will be adding a method to search for song title in the coming weeks.
I have almost 5 million chart positions listed in the database including both UK and USA data. In the main, the database is set up to produce UK details and so the USA records are secondary. That means that sometimes the title may be the way it is in the UK rather than in the USA. If that happens please let me know s I am trying to separate these to correct for title errors.
The format of what I post is shown below with text in place of actual artist details.
Chart History For "Artist Name"
Name of the chart track appeared on
Song title (By Full Artist if different to the main artist) Label (CatNumber - if null then digital) TrackID : a number to help me find this entry if you spot an error
Entry date - dd.mm.yyyy format Peak: highest position this chart run CR:-full chart run for this entry--> total weeks this entry
Entry date - dd.mm.yyyy format Peak: highest position this chart run (RE number if applicable) CR:-full chart run for this entry--> total weeks this entry
NOTE: Peak is in bold and red if a number 1, and in bold and blue if a Top 10 hit.
- Writer: Full credit (if known)
Producer: Full credit (if known)
B-Side: If known or shown
Every single time a track drops off the chart and returns it gets a new line. In the Billboard Albums of the 1950's to 1956 weeks went by with no chart being produced. As such each time a chart was printed I have taken it as a re-entry due to the time difference between weeks. Others may disagree with this but that's how I built my database.