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Now That's What I Call Music II

Now That’s What I Call Music II

There was no doubt that the first Now That’s What I Call Music album had been a success. It took the Christmas number 1 spot, sold over a million copies and had already spawned a competitor, PolyGram’s Formula 30 which spread thirty ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s hits over four sides of vinyl or cassette.

Clearly a follow-up was required, but did EMI and Virgin really have to wait until November to round up another 30 hits of the year? Not necessarily. read more

Off The Chart: 18 August 1987

Off The Chart: 18 August 1987

On this week’s Off The Chart we go back 31 years for a look at the UK singles chart from this week in 1987. As usual Steve and Julian bring you some unfamiliar hits, three tracks from one of the … read more

Off The Chart Live: 24 February 1985

Off The Chart: 24 February 1985

It’s a special occasion on Off The Chart this week as we reach our 100th edition! To celebrate, we did the whole show live and unedited – it may be a little bit rough around the edges in places, but … read more

Off The Chart: 11 November 1987

Off The Chart: 11 November 1987

We head back thirty years to this very day in 1987 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian take you through some of the week’s less remembered hits, discuss the day’s events, pick three tracks from one of … read more

Virtual C90: August 2017

Virtual C90: August 2017

This month’s Virtual C90 includes new music from Depeche Mode, Erasure, Marc Almond, The Fall, Motörhead, Belinda Carlisle, Sparks and Nick Heyward, plus a previously unreleased outtake from The Smiths and the usual mix of ’80s hits, misses, mixes and … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 23 June 2017

The Smiths "The Queen Is Dead" 2017 single release

An unexpected return to the Official Singles Chart for The Smiths this week as a limited 7″ and 12″ release of the title track from their 1986 album The Queen is Dead reaches #85 – inevitably, it’s also #1 on … read more

Off The Chart: 6 May 1984

Off The Chart: 6 May 1984

Back to this week in 1984 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dismantle the week’s UK singles chart. There’s loads of hits you don’t hear so often, three tracks from the week’s featured album, a track from a … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 5 May 2017

Blondie - Pollinator

The Physical Singles chart continues to confound and delight, this week highlighting the discrepancy between those Record Store Day releases that sold well on the day itself, leaving few copies available for sale after the event (such as The Smiths’ … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 28 April 2017

No Plan EP

We may have been a bit cynical about Record Store Day last week but its effectiveness becomes obvious today as David Bowie’s No Plan EP, first released digitally back in January, finally makes the official singles chart at 92. It … read more