Record Retailer was a trade newspaper for the UKrecord industry. It was founded in August 1959 as a monthly newspaper covering both labels and dealers. Its founding editor was Roy Parker (who died on 27 December 1964). The title changed to Record Retailer and Music Industry News shortly after launch.
With its issue of 10 March 1960, Record Retailer became a weekly magazine and started a chart showing the top 50 records in sales.
On 5 October 1967 the title reverted to Record Retailer and in January 1971 became Record & Tape Retailer. The publication was relaunched on 18 March 1972 as Music Week.