ChartAttack

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Chart
Categories Music
Publisher Channel Zero
First issue 1991
Country Canada
Language English
Website chartattack.com
ISSN 1198-7235

ChartAttack is a Canadian online music publication. Formerly a monthly print magazine called Chart, which was published from 1991 to 2009, the web version continues operation.[1]

Launched in 1991 as National Chart, the magazine was started by York University students Edward Skira and Nada Laskovski as a tipsheet and airplay chart for campus radio stations in Canada.[2][3] The magazine soon grew to include interviews, CD reviews and other features. National Chart was considered an internal publication for the National Campus and Community Radio Association, Canada's association of campus radio stations, and was not available as a newsstand title.

When Skira and Laskovski graduated, they incorporated Chart as an independent magazine, and began to pursue national newsstand distribution. Although it was no longer an NCRA publication, many campus radio stations continued to file airplay reports for the magazine's Top 50 chart.

The magazine's primary focus was Canadian alternative rock and indie rock, although they profiled important international acts, and rap and pop music acts as well.[4] At its peak, the magazine had a press run of 40,000 copies per issue, making it the largest paid circulation music magazine in Canada in its era.[4]

The magazine ceased publishing a print edition in 2009, continuing as a web-only publication. The website briefly suspended publication in summer 2011, but its acquisition by andPOP, a Canadian entertainment news website, was announced on November 1, 2011.[5] In 2013, andPop was in turn acquired by Channel Zero.[6]

Reader polls[edit]

In 1996, 2000 and 2005, the magazine conducted polls of readers, musicians and music industry professionals to determine the 50 best Canadian albums and songs of all time. There were 25 albums and 18 songs which ranked in the top 50 in all three polls.

Top 10 albums[edit]

Rank 1996 2000 2005
1 Sloan, Twice Removed Joni Mitchell, Blue Sloan, Twice Removed
2 Neil Young, Harvest Neil Young, Harvest Neil Young, Harvest
3 Joni Mitchell, Blue Sloan, Twice Removed Joni Mitchell, Blue
4 The Tragically Hip, Up to Here Rheostatics, Whale Music Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It in People
5 Rheostatics, Whale Music Rheostatics, Melville Neil Young, After the Gold Rush
6 The Tragically Hip, Fully Completely The Lowest of the Low, Shakespeare My Butt The Weakerthans, Left and Leaving
7 Neil Young, After the Gold Rush Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy The Lowest of the Low, Shakespeare My Butt
8 The Band, Music from Big Pink Rush, Moving Pictures The Tragically Hip, Fully Completely
9 Cowboy Junkies, The Trinity Session Sloan, One Chord to Another The Band, The Band
10 The Lowest of the Low, Shakespeare My Butt The Tragically Hip, Fully Completely Rheostatics, Whale Music
11 - 50 1996 poll results 2000 poll results

Top 10 songs[edit]

Rank 1996 2000 2005
1 The Demics, "New York City" The Guess Who, "American Woman" The Guess Who, "American Woman"
2 Sloan, "Underwhelmed" Sloan, "Underwhelmed" Sloan, "Underwhelmed"
3 The Guess Who, "American Woman" Gordon Lightfoot, "If You Could Read My Mind" Neil Young, "The Needle and the Damage Done"
4 The Pursuit of Happiness, "I'm an Adult Now" Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69" Gordon Lightfoot, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
5 Martha and the Muffins, "Echo Beach" Gordon Lightfoot, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69"
6 Bachman–Turner Overdrive, "Takin' Care of Business" The Pursuit of Happiness, "I'm An Adult Now" Rush, "Tom Sawyer"
7 Blue Rodeo, "Try" The Tragically Hip, "New Orleans Is Sinking" The Band, "The Weight"
8 Treble Charger, "Red" The Diodes, "Tired of Waking Up Tired" Neil Young, "Cortez the Killer"
9 Rush, "Tom Sawyer" The Demics, "New York City" Neil Young, "Heart of Gold"
10 Slow, "Have Not Been the Same" Neil Young, "Cinnamon Girl" Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah"
11-50 1996 poll results 2000 poll results

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chart goes paperless, eye weekly, January 15, 2009.
  2. ^ (June 3, 2000). "Charting a success story: From eight-page newsletter to 70-page glossy, Chart has grown along with the decade's music", Toronto Star, p. M2.
  3. ^ Flynn, Andrew (May 14, 2000). "Chart magazine makes it 10: Little publication grew strong by focussing on Canuck music", Canadian Press. Reprinted in The Daily News, p. 29.
  4. ^ a b Thow, Megan (Spring 2002). "Critical Miss". Ryerson Review of Journalism. ISSN 0838-0651. 
  5. ^ "Video Saves the Radio Star - Online Video Poised to Revive Indie Music Site". MediaCaster, November 1, 2011.
  6. ^ "Channel Zero Acquires Controlling Interest in ANDPOP". Broadcaster, June 11, 2013.

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