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date: 22 September 2020

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The first British chart of record sales (known as the hit parade and later as the top twenty or ‘the charts’) was published in November 1952. Before this date, and for some years afterwards, successful popular songs had been judged by sales of sheet music for professional and amateur performance. The charts, based on weekly sales of singles, subsequently became the index of commercial, and sometimes critical, popular music success....

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