Who’s Got The Top Top 40 List?

A new British Top 40 chart has the BBC fighting two commercial companies. “Before the arrival of the internet, BBC Radio 1’s Top 40 countdown on Sunday afternoons – based solely on single sales – was the pre-eminent chart. But now commercial companies believe it is vital to take airplay and internet listening into account because online music piracy is widespread and teenagers are often long bored of a single by the time it is released in the record shops.”