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 Features: The Best of 2004 

The Best Charts of 2004

Top40-Charts presents the best and worst national charts of 2004 (according to our users votes).

Shining-stars charts: the emerging charts/markets
(which charts anyone must watch as 'emerging markets' in the near future):

a) United Kingdom (OCC): last year (2003) it was at 'Problematic Chart' Category (No 7), but this year the Chart really starts to shine! It earns 4 positions and climbs to No3 (with much bore competition). The changes within the year gave it more stability (5-7 tracks per week) and the only thing where it fails is to attract other music styles/genres (like Latin, Jazz and Soundtrack/Film music).
Contrary to Billboard USA Chart, the OCC has not been influenced by politics: the small amount of negative point/votes by the Middle East IPs, is on the limits of statistical error. What OCC can do for launching again globally the fame of Singles Chart like the 80s??

1) To set as 'factor' a new level price for one cd-single which it desires to participate in the Chart. It is not something strange, OCC has done it already for the 'Official Download Chart' where it does not accept singles under the price of 0.49 (limit).
2) The Chart seems globally very 'old'. It is the biggest problem of UK Music Industry and not of OCC. The OCC and consumers must 'push' the Labels to stop having 'delays' for the tracks which are importing to UK by other markets. The last 2 months BPI and OCC try to have a 'leadership' with NEW releases (first at UK) and this helps the Chart to have notice from abroad.
3) It is the time for the Chart to leave from the 80s format: the Top 75 songs format is not helping the modern consumer/professional to watch the market. The UK Music Industry needs urgently a new format with Top 100 or even better with 150. As the music production grows larger, more bands/artists from UK need more 'appearance' time for taking the advantages. A major problem is the limitations in the use of the Chart, something that does not follow the modern trends (maybe the successful model of Germans with the freely Top40, can push much more the UK Music Industry sales).
It is also very good that at least this year, the OCC launches a 'freely' search of Top 10 on its website. It's a first step in a globalised environment, to create 'interest' for the consumer through the searching process and to promote more the UK sales globally. Maybe, next year's No 1? Only Top40 Charts' readers know it!

b) New Zealand: these chart-makers follow the 'Australian' example of the previous year! For a small population country they are doing a very good job. Thanks to the New Zealand Singles chart format, many domestic artists are known globally. Until now the country was famous for the best landscapes we watched on 'The Lord Of The Rings' Movie. The best evaluation for two years in a row for their chart; New Zealanders must feel proud for RIANZ and local Music Industry, also!

c) Finland: we usually say that 'Finish are living at ice.' Also, everyone knows about Santa Claus Village, the thousand lakes and Nokia mobile phones. Until now, because this year the Finnish Music Industry delivered an excellent example on 'how to establish a Singles Chart' and 'how to promote efficiently your domestic artists.' Americans (US/ Canadians) learn from, about H.I.M., NightWish, Apocalyptica, Children Of Bodom, Kwan and so many others.
If Top40 Charts had to give an award for emergent Charts, then this goes for sure to the Finish Chart-maker. For the market size you own, you are doing commerce miracles with the Singles Chart - keep on the good work!

The best of the best national charts for 2004 (review):

| Best Charts | | Problematic Charts | | Worst Chart | | Emerging Charts/Markets |

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