So many questions!
Let's clear one thing up there's is no grudge against Masterton. When I first told the users of Yahoo site and Masterton, his actions was to slam me down and call me names. I've never done the same to him
Let's get another thing clear, the Yahoo site doesn't have members, anyone can comment and they can have a vaste range of views. But as with anyone on the internet from forums to blogs, they tend to be run or develop small followers, which tend to exclude those views outside the norm, hence my experiance of that site.
Hope that's clear!
From the time of the post it was late at night and to be honest I wasn't expecting to find anything on the site about the blog, as I was answering another post at the time. So I am sorry if some of you were confused.
I'll explain what happens each Sunday first. The compilers (for want of a better name) tell me what has dropped out of last weeks chart. You can see the red ink on old charts on the blog. Say 10 drop out. That means 10 new ones. They then tell me where each one lands. No artist or titles at this point. They then tell me where each of the old chart tracks has landed that week. Then the new hits are placed in. They never tell me the artist and title of each track. I have to build a list from a whatever source I can find. If the artist is not on the list then it will be blank (the new entry space) till I find the correct track. Before I could access the Internet it was a nightmare to find the right tracks.
Once that's done they tell me the sales of each track, which they mostly post in the round figures of thousands.
All the rest is done by me (last week, weeks, high positions and the sales totals). So any mistakes, spellings is my fault on these! Since it takes several hours (on a calculator) to add up the sales figures, I don't get round to do it till midweek.
Why are the sales high? I don't know. The compilers have given me some explantions but to be honest I don't know if I believe them or not.
Other points: the chart isn't bias to I-Tunes, for example the Hoosiers at 15 is where it was all week on I-Tunes and on OCC it's 16! The Real Chart itself sometimes has the I-Tunes top record at number 1 when the OCC doesn't!
On the Yahoo site I have said that I-Tunes has an American bias to it, just compare the USA charts it does with the UK ones. But I think this is connected with those who download from it, perhaps some site or other has the USA chart? Other then that I don't have no explanation for it and wasn't in any way connected to the Real Chart. It was just me talking about charts in general.
Your right too it's not to different from the OCC chart, higher up and the reason for this is because records have regular buyers. So on the Real Chart this week everything from 44 to 10 sold 40K, the difference between each being in 100's. Only 9 to one being odd figures!
The lower section falls off quick, generally in drops of 10K sections - till 65 (this week) when 19K takes over dropping 1K till 100 which is the only one at 15K (last week that started at 88!) The reason I assume this is that I-Tunes had so many dupilcates of the 100 that it let the lower section of sales in from other sites. And all because the public are often too idol to put/type into a search engine! But that's just my theory.
"You go on accusing the OCC of being a fraud and the only proof you suggest for this is that they weren't including the downloads earlier (newsflash: they weren't claiming they were including them before they actually did include them)."
I said that the OCC chart was the Industry chart and accurate for being that. "Fruad" is too strong a word. It could be that a record is excluded from their list and nothing to do with money changing hands or the practice of doing so. They excluded the EP for Mark Goodyear's chart show theme, at one time, which I think is funny! It made number 7 in the Real Chart, by the way!
Wrong end of the stick for proving the downloads thing
It was only proof that what the compilers are telling me is true, plus why it's not me making them up!
On the various records entering selling little, well I don't make up the charts so I can't tell you why a record does. For instance haven't a clue why that French record is at number 40? I leave that to the likes of Masterton for answers to those questions.
"Was God Save The Queen #1 on The Real Chart? "
Yes but not in 1977! Instead it was top on the 2 June 2002. And the NME attemp also resulted in it entering a 2 on the 14 Oct 2007. Will get round to posting full number one list on the blog later.
Can't wait for the questions from this post!