IRISH SINGLES CHART HISTORIC CHANGE
On 1st October 1962, the very first Irish Singles Chart was published.
Elvis Presley was the first artist to chart at number one in Ireland
with She's Not You a 7" vinyl release. Since then the chart has
undergone many changes and the introduction of computerised sale
terminals for retail in the early 90's led to the present position
where the Irish chart is recognised as the most accurate in the
And now from 30th June, the biggest change in the history of the
Top 100 Singles Chart will take place. The Irish
Recorded Music Association (IRMA) has announced that Digital
Downloads will now be eligible for the Irish Charts, the original
Top 100 singles chart will include all tracks from conventional CD
sales plus any download track (single) purchased through legitimate
sites. The results of the brand new Official Irish Chart will be
broadcast on Friday 7th July 2006.
The charts are currently made up from CD sales in nearly 400 stores
around the country. However, online sales from 3 Music, 7Digital.ie, Apple iTunes, Eircom Music Hub, Meteor Music, Nokia Music Store, O2, Vodafone are also used to make up the chart.
IRMA has been monitoring download track sales for the last three
months prior to going live with the new charts. At present, sales
for downloads in Ireland account for approx. 14% of all music sales.
However when the new style charts are introduced it is expected
they will follow the trend in the UK where sales of digital downloads
have more than tripled in the last year and now account for over
50% of the singles market.
The popularity of the download market is highlighted by the massive
hit Crazy' by Gnarls Barkley, which went straight to # 1 in
the UK on digital sales alone. This release amassed an incredible
40,000 sales in its first week.
We have always had the most accurate chart in the world,
representing over 90 per cent of weekly sales through nearly 400
stores. Consumer purchasing is changing dramatically and we intend
to keep our chart fresh by introducing downloads to mirror this
changing market place'. Dick Doyle, Director General IRMA.
The brand new Official Irish Chart will be officially launched
on Friday 30th June and the results of the very first download chart
will be broadcast and published on Friday 7th July, the start of
the third quarter 2006.
As of 2007 all downloads are eligible for the Singles Chart irrespective
of physical release, in line with IRMA and ERA's new chart guidelines.