UK Classical Charts

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The UK Classical Charts are three record charts based on classical music in the United Kingdom: the Classical Artist Albums Chart, the Classical Compilation Albums Chart and the Specialist Classical Albums Chart. The charts are commercial monitoring and marketing devices used by the UK music industry to measure its effectiveness in promoting and selling albums, nominally in the field of classical music. All three charts are compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC). The measurements are made by collating the returns of sales from a number of well-known music stores (high street and online stores) on a regular basis, and this enables a ranking to be established. Most classical artist album sales in the UK are from crossover artists. For an album to be classified as classical in the charts, it has to have 60% of the playing time dedicated to "classical or traditional music". Only albums that entirely classical or traditional music qualify for inclusion in the Specialist Classical Albums Chart.

Classical Artist Albums Chart[edit]

Specialist Classical Albums Chart[edit]

The Specialist Classical Albums Chart was launched in February 2009, having been created in consultation with the record labels' industry body, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[1]


  1. ^ Howard, Amy (4 February 2009). "Official Charts Company Launches Specialist Classical Chart". Official Charts Company. The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2014-06-16.

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