Guideline:Charts

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Guideline:Charts

In order to make the chart information the clearest possible, below you will find a guide how to use / cite chart information from PrinceVault.

Countries

USA

Billboard Pop Charts

SINGLES CHARTS

The following occurrences have to be abandoned:
Pop Single charts
Hot 100 Singles Charts.
The chart has 100 positions. Every position under 100 must be referenced under the Bubbling Under The Hot 100. See below.
  • The Billboard's Bubbling Under The Hot 100 Chart was introduced on 6 January, 1959. The number of positions have varied all through the past decades. Here's a summary of the ones being referred to in PrinceVault:
Bubbling Under The Hot 100 / 13 Jul. 1974 to 24 Aug. 1985 / 10 Positions.
No charts were published between 31 Aug. 1985 to 28 Nov. 1992
Bubbling Under The Hot 100 Singles / 5 Dec. 1992 to present time / 25 Positions.
  • The Billboard Hot 100 Airplay was introduced as a 30 positions chart on 20 October, 1984.
In PrinceVault a position in the Hot 100 Airplay Chart will be marked with a bold A besides the position figure. Use the code <sup>'''A'''</sup>.

ALBUMS CHARTS

  • The very first album chart, Billboard Top 5 Popular Albums chart, was published by Billboard in 1945.
Nowadays known as The Billboard 200, its name and the number of positions referrenced has evolved alot along the years. Here's a list of the ones being referred to in PrinceVault:
Top LP's & Tapes / 19 Feb. 1972 to 19 Oct. 1984 / 200 positions
Top 200 Albums / 20 Oct. 1984 to 30 Apr. 1985 / 200 positions
Top Pop Albums / 1 May 1985 to 8 Sep. 1991 / 200 positions
The Billboard 200 Top Albums / 9 Sep. 1991 to 13 Mar. 1992 / 200 positions
The Billboard 200 / 14 Mar. 1992 onwards / 200 positions


Billboard R&B Charts

SINGLES CHARTS

The chart name has been constantly evolving to reflect the market ever since.
Here's a breakdown of the chart name for the period on which we focus in PrinceVault (1978 to present time).
Hot Soul Singles / 14 Jul. 1973 to 19 Jun. 1982 / 100 positions.
Black Singles / 26 Jun. 1982 to 13 Oct. 1984 / 100 positions.
Hot Black Singles / 20 Oct. 1984 to 20 Oct. 1990 / 100 positions.
Hot R&B Singles / 27 Oct. 1990 to 25 Dec. 1998 / 100 positions.
Hot R&B Singles & Tracks / 2 Jan. 1999 to 4 Dec. 1999 / 100 positions.
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks / 11 Dec. 1999 onwards / 100 Positions; (to be checked)
  • The Billboard Hot R&B Singles Sales chart was introduced by Billboard on 20 October, 1984.
The chart name has been constantly evolving ever since.
Here's a breakdown of the chart names:
Hot Black Singles Sales / 20 Oct. 1984 to 20 Oct. 1990 / 30 positions, 40 positions from 31 May 1986.
Hot R&B Singles Sales / 27 Oct. 1990 to 4 Jul. 1992 / 40 positions.
R&B Singles Sales / 11 Jul. 1992 to 10 Jul. 1993 / 75 positions.
Hot R&B Singles Sales / 17 Jul. 1993 4 Dec. 1999 / 75 Positions.
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales / 11 Dec. 1999 onwards / 75 Positions; (to be checked).
In PrinceVault a position in the Hot R&B Singles Sales Chart will be marked with a bold S overlooking the position number. Use the code <sup>'''S'''</sup>.
  • The Billboard Hot R&B Singles Airplay chart was introduced by Billboard on October 20, 1984.
The chart name has been constantly evolving ever since.
Here's a breakdown of the chart names:
Hot Black Singles Airplay / 20 Oct. 1984 to 28 Mar. 1992 / 30 positions, 40 positions from 31 May 1986.
R&B Radio Monitor / 4 Apr. 1992 to 10 Jul. 1993 / 40 positions, 75 positions from 11 Jul. 1992.
Hot R&B Airplay / 17 Jul. 1993 4 Dec. 1999 / 75 Positions.
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay / 11 Dec. 1999 onwards / 75 Positions; (to be checked).
In PrinceVault a position in the Hot R&B Singles Sales Chart will be marked with a bold A overlooking the position number. Use the code <sup>'''A'''</sup>.

ALBUMS CHARTS

The chart name has been constantly evolving to reflect the market ever since.
Here's a breakdown of the chart name for the period on which we focus in PrinceVault (1978 to present time).
Soul LP's / 14 Jul. 1973 to 24 Nov. 1978 / 60 positions.
Soul LPs / 25 Nov. 1978 to 25 Jun. 1982 / 75 positions.
Black LPs / 26 Jun. 1982 to 19 Oct. 1984 / 75 positions.
Top Black Albums / 20 Oct. 1984 to 2 Sep. 1988 / 75 positions.
Top Black Albums / 3 Sep. 1988 to 26 Oct. 1990 / 100 positions.
Top R&B Albums / 27 Oct. 1990 to 11 Dec. 1999 / 100 Positions.
Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums / 11 Dec. 1999 onwards / 100 Positions.


UK

Singles charts

  • Record Retailer - BBC / Compiled by British Market Research Bureau (BRMB)
BMRB Top 50 / From 15 Feb. 1969 to May 1978
BMRB Top 75 / From May. 1978 to 1980 / Record Retailer - BBC
  • BPI - Music Week - BBC / Compiled by The Gallup Organization
Gallup UK Top 75 / From 1983 to 30 Jun. 1990
Gallup UK Next 25 / From 1983 to 30 Jun. 1990
  • Chart Information Network (CIN) / Compiled by The Gallup Organization
Gallup UK Top 75 / From 1 Jul. 1990 to 31 Jan. 1994
Gallup UK Next 25 / From 1 Jul. 1990 to 31 Oct. 1990
  • Chart Information Network (CIN) / Compiled by Millard Brown
MB UK Top 75 / From 1 Feb. 1994 to 30 Jun. 1998
  • Music Industry Chart Services (Mics) / Compiled by Millard Brown
MB Uk Top 75 / From 1 Jul. 1998 to Aug. 1998
  • Chart Information Network (CIN) / Compiled by Millard Brown
MB UK Top 75 / From Aug. 1998 to Nov. 2001
  • The Official UK Charts Company / Compiled by Millard Brown
UK Singles Chart / From Nov 2001 onwards / 200 positions
  • The below charts are shorter lists made from the UK Single Chart:
The Singles Top 40 chart by BBC Radio 1.
Singles Top 75 published by Music Week magazine.
  • Other Singles Charts
Charts+Plus / From May 1991 to Nov. 1994 / positions 76 to 200 / Chart Information Network (CIN)
Hit Music Top 200 Singles / Sep. 1992 to May 2001


Album charts

According to the canon of The Official Charts Company, the official British albums chart is:

  • The Melody Maker chart: From 8 November 1958 to March 1960 (although the Record Mirror published charts from 28 July 1956 [3]);
  • The Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969;
  • The Official UK Albums Chart from 1969 on.

Sources for The Official UK Albums Chart:

  • Chart Information Network (CIN)
Hit Music Top 150 Artists Albums / Sep. 1992 to Nov. 1996
Hit Music Top 200 Artists Albums / From Nov. 1996 to May 2001
  • The Official UK Charts Company / Compiled by Millard Brown
UK Albums Chart / From Nov 2001 onwards / 100 positions
  • The below charts are shorter lists made from the UK Album Chart:
The Albums Top 40 chart by BBC Radio 1.
Albums Top 75 published by Music Week magazine.
  • Other Albums Charts
Chart Information Network (CIN)
Hit Music Top 50 Compilations / Sep. 1992 to May 2001


Ireland

Before 1992

  • The Irish Charts were compiled by IRMA from record company ship-out statistics.
IRMA Singles Charts /
IRMA Albums Charts /

1992 - 1996

  • In 1992 IFPI and IRMA contract with Gallup to retreive consumer sales figures.
IRMA/Gallup Singles Charts /
IRMA/Gallup Albums Charts /

1996 to date

  • In 1996, IRMA replaces Gallup with Chart-Track.
IRMA/Chart-Track Singles Charts /
IRMA/Chart-Track Albums Charts /

France

Before 4 Nov. 1984

  • Show Magazine charts
From late 1973 to 1975: Monthly chart / 10 positions.
From 1977 to Jun. 1984: Disc Action / 10 positions.
From 1982 to Jun. 1984: Monthly chart / 30 positions.
  • Music Média charts
From 1978 to late 1981: Monthly charts / 25 positions, then 20 positions.
When referring to French charts in its "Charts Of The Worlds" section, Billboard publish charts from this publication.

After 4 Nov. 1984

  • Nielsen & Ipsos Charts
Singles: Top 50 / Weekly from 4 Nov. 1984 to 3 Sep. 1993 / 50 positions.
Albums: Top Albums / Monthly from 1985 to 3 Sep. 1993 / 20 positions. 30 position from 26 Apr. 1989.
  • SNEP / Ifop Charts
Singles: Top 50 / From 3 Sep. 1993 onwards / 50 positions.
Albums: Top Albums
From 3 Sep. 1993 to 1 Nov 1997: 50 positions.
From 2 Nov. 1997 to 30 Dec. 1997: 75 positions.
From 31 Dec. 2000 to 21 Feb. 2004: 150 positions.
From 22 Feb. 2004 onwards: 200 positions.


Germany

To be completed.


The Netherlands

There are two different singles charts in the Netherlands. The Top 40 and the Top 50/100

Top 40

Singles: Weekly chart / 40 positions / data by Stichting Nederlandse Top 40 and GfK Mega Charts
Nederlandse Top 40 from 1980 to 1992
Rabo Top 40 from 1992 to 2001
Wanadoo Top 40 from 2001 to 2006
Singles: Weekly chart / 40 positions / data by Stichting Nederlandse Top 40 and SoundAware)
Nederlandse Top 40from 2006 - 2011
Media Markt Top 40from January 2011 onwards

Top 50 / Top 100

Singles: Weekly chart / data by Intomart for Buma/Stemra
Nationale Hitparade from 3 June 1978 to 28 February 1987 / 50 positions
Nationale Hitparade Top 100 from 28 February 1987 to 16 December 1989
Singles: Weekly chart / data by Stichting Nationale Top 100
Nationale Top 100 from 16 December 1989 to 6 February 1993
Singles: Weekly chart / data by Stichting Mega Top 100
Top 50 from 6 February 1993 to 6 March 1993
Mega Top 50 from 6 March 1993 to 28 December 1996
Mega Top 100 from 28 December 1996 31 December 1998
Singles: Weekly chart / data by Mega Charts
Mega Top 100 from 1 January 1999 to 4 January 2003
Mega Top 100/Mega Top 50 from 4 January 2003 to 1 May 2004 (a combined list with top 50 identical positions)
Singles: Weekly chart / data by GfK Mega Charts
Single Top 100 from 1 May 2004 to 28 February 2008
Singles: Weekly chart / data by GfK Dutch Charts
Single Top 100 from 1 March 2004 to present
Albums: Weekly chart
Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 from 10 June 1978 - 16 November 1985
Nationale Hitparade Elpee Top 75 from 23 November 1985 - 27 September 1986
Nationale Totale Top 75 from 4 October 1986 - 25 Februari 1989
Nationale Totale Top 100 from 25 February 1989 - 16 December 1989
LP-MC-CD Top 100 (Nationale Top 100) from 16 December 1989 - 15 May 1991
CD/MC Top 100 (Nationale Top 100) from 15 May 1991 - 6 Februari 1993
Album Top 100 from 6 February 1993 - 6 March 1993
Album Mega Top 100 from 6 March 1993 - 15 July 1995
Mega Album Top 100 from 15 July 1995 - 10 July 1999
Album Top 100 from 10 July 1999 - present

References

Here's a list of books and websites we use for charts research.
Use the according references when citing chart information in a single or album page.

USA

  • BOOKS & WEBSITES
Top Pop Singles 1955-2010 by Joel Whitburn. ISBN-10 0-89820-190-X / ISBN-13 978-0-89820-190-1
Billboard Hot 100 Charts - The Eighties by Joel Whitburn. ISBN-10 0-89820-079-2
Bubbling Under The Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004 by Joel Whitburn. ISBN-10 0-89820-162-4
The Billboard Albums - 6th Edition - 1956-2005 by Joel Whitburn. ISBN-13 978-0-89820-166-7
Top R&B Singles 1942-1999 by Joel Whitburn. ISBN-10 0-89820-136-5
Top R&B Albums 1965-1998 by Joel Whitburn. ISBN-13 978-0-89820-134-5
Google Books / Billboard Magazine
www.billboard.com / Prince. Note that information on this website is not always accurate.

UK

  • BOOKS & WEBSITES
The Virgin Book Of British Hit Singles by Martin Roach. Information about Top 40 hits in the UK. ISBN-13 978-0-7535-1537-2
Hit Albums by Martin Roach. ISBN-13 978-0-7535-1700-0.
www.theofficialchats.com. The best resource so far for UK charts, including archives from 1983.

France

  • WEBSITES
www.infodisc.fr.
lescharts.com / Prince.
www.disquenenfrance.com (SNEP website).


Ireland

  • WEBSITES
www.irishcharts.ie

The Netherlands

  • WEBSITES
www.top40.nl
dutchcharts.nl/