Sunday 18 February 2018

Belgian DJ set for chart history

Greg James will present the chart show on Fridays on Radio 1
Greg James will present the chart show on Fridays on Radio 1

Pop music history will be made tomorrow when the last Sunday Top 40 is unveiled with a little-known Belgian DJ expected to top the chart.

Lost Frequencies - real name Felix De Laet - looks set to be the last act to top the Sunday night charts before it moves to Fridays.

His single Are You With Me, a remix of a US country song by Easton Corbin, is on track for the number one spot according to the latest sales figures from the Official Charts Company.

It is ahead of the current chart topper, Tinie Tempah's Not Letting Go featuring Jess Glynne, and Rita Ora's Poison.

The top 40 is moving after the music industry agreed to make Friday the global release date for new albums and singles.

The first Friday chart will be broadcast on July 10 and the first full seven-day chart a week later.

Former chart show host Mark Goodier welcomed the move which he said was "a great thing".

Goodier, who presented the chart show in the 1990s, said: "T radition is a perfect thing, I grew up listening to the chart on Sundays, it was a lovely thing to experience but that's not how people consume music these days".

The move to Fridays is the biggest change to the charts since 1987 when they were switched to Sunday evenings from Tuesdays. The new chart show, presented on Radio 1 by Greg James, will be in the Friday drive-time slot from 4pm.

A synchronised release day will allow fans to get their hands on new releases at the same time and the music industry hopes it will help cut down on piracy.

Different countries previously had different release days, with new music being released on Mondays in the UK, Tuesdays in the US and Fridays in Australia and Germany.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of UK music trade body the BPI, said: "Unifying the day of release inevitably means some countries are having to switch days, but it makes sense to consider the time of the week when interest in entertainment, digital activity and physical footfall is building towards its peak.

"Fans are telling us they would like new music ready for the weekend, so Friday appears the best choice."

The current Sunday night chart show pulls in around 1.2 million listeners, while Greg James pulls in more than five million across the week.

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