Official UK Chart Show to move to Fridays in line with new global release date

Radio 1 show will be hosted by Greg James on a Friday afternoon

Radio 1’s Official Chart Show is to move from its traditional Sunday slot to a Friday following changes to the day on which albums and singles are released.

The Official Chart Company confirmed its plans for change overnight with Greg James (above) unveiling the week’s Official Top 40 singles between 4-6pm every Friday on BBC Radio 1.

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot says of the decision to move the chart show from the Sunday slot its held for 40 years, “This is an exciting new era for the Official Singles Chart – following the integration of streams, with the move to a new, more high profile slot.”

Singles are currently released in the UK on Sundays, with albums released on Mondays. The new rules mean this will now change, as too will the US (release day Tuesday) and Europe (Friday). The global Friday release date was announced earlier this year has been welcomed by the IFPI, representing some 1,300 record labels worldwide and FIM, representing musicians’ unions and associations globally.

The move is designed to benefit artists who want to harness social media to promote their new music and re-ignite excitement around the release of new music as well as reducing the possibility for an album to be pirated in the gap between international release dates.