New independent music charts to launch

Charts aim to benefit up-and-coming indie acts

A set of new albums and singles charts are set to be launched in the UK with the aim of benefiting bands on independent record labels.

From June 29 the UK Independent Charts will launch for both singles and albums. Music released through a label that is at least 50 per cent owned by an independent, non-major company will be eligible for the charts.

In addition a new set of charts, the Independent Breakers charts, will launch and will feature music by acts yet to breach the higher echelons.

Releases from acts that have not scored a top 20 release in the UK charts will be eligible for the Breakers Charts.

According to the Official UK Charts Company, who are launching the new charts, the Independent Breakers Charts would have benefited acts including The Horrors, Friendly Fires and Patrick Wolf if it had launched earlier in the year.