Record Retailer

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Record Retailer was the only music trade newspaper for the UK record industry.[1] 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).[2] The title changed to Record Retailer and Music Industry News shortly after launch.

With its issue of 10 March 1960,[3] Record Retailer became a weekly magazine and started a chart showing the top 50 records in sales.[4] For the period until February 1969, when a standardised UK chart was established with the British Market Research Bureau, the Official Charts Company recognises the listings compiled by Record Retailer as representing the official national chart.[4]

On 5 October 1967 the title reverted to Record Retailer and in January 1971 became Record & Tape Retailer.[5] The publication was relaunched on 18 March 1972 as Music Week.[6]


  1. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (20 August 1966). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 3–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ Simon Frith; Matt Brennan; Martin Cloonan, Emma Webster (9 March 2016). The History of Live Music in Britain, Volume I: 1950-1967: From Dance Hall to the 100 Club. Routledge. pp. 151–. ISBN 978-1-317-02887-1.
  3. ^ Mark Lewisohn (10 October 2013). The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In. Little, Brown Book Group. pp. 683–. ISBN 978-1-4055-2730-9.
  4. ^ a b "Key Dates in the History of the Official UK Charts". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  5. ^ British Hit Singles and Albums. Guinness. 2005.
  6. ^ Peter Mills (16 May 2012). Media and Popular Music. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 47–. ISBN 978-0-7486-3156-8.

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