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The chart also spawned imitators - Record Mirror launched its own chart in 1955 and Melody Maker in 1958.The forerunner of today's official chart first appeared in the music trade publication Record Retailer (now Music Week) in 1960 as a Top 50, but was not immediately recognised as the definitive chart in the country.In 1982, BMRB lost their contract to Gallup, who arranged for electronic data gathering to replace the old sales diary method of compilation.The first chart terminals appeared in record shops in 1984.Billboard is considered the foremost worldwide authority worldwide in music charts, and the rankings have gained a following among the general public.On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hitparade.The first Music Popularity Chart was calculated in July, 1940.A variety of song charts followed, which were eventually consolidated into the Hot 100 by mid-1958.
He would continue to personally oversee the compilation of the chart well into the 1960s.
At the time, instead of using Sound Scan or BDS, Billboard obtained its data from manual reports filled out by radio stations and stores.
According to the 50th Anniversary issue of Billboard, prior to the official implementation of Nielsen Sound Scan tracking in November 1991, many radio stations and retail stores removed songs from their manual reports after the associated record labels stopped promoting a particular single.
They were followed by the Hot 100 and the R&B chart in 1991.
Today, all of Billboard's charts use this technology.
Arguably, the NME chart was still the most recognised chart, and had the advantage of widespread exposure due to its use by Radio Luxembourg.