January 8th, 2007

Old Friend

UK Singles Chart Sees Return of Oldies Under Revamp

As of 1st January any track that is downloaded in the UK will count towards the UK Singles Chart. This is massive news for anyone into music and whilst on one hand is really good on the other could leave us with a chart swamped by 'Golden Oldies'

Under the new rules 'any' download counts towards the chart. Be it a current or old single, a b-side, or an albumn track. This will mean the return of a lot of older tracks which have previously fallen out of the charts as the old rules stopped including downloads after two weeks of the actual physical single being deleted from stores.

For instance this weeks chart has seen the return of Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" (in at #9 but previously reached #6 last July), Gnarls Barkley's massive summer hit "Crazy" (back in at #30), Nelly Furtado's "Maneater" (#1 last June) and outside of the Top 40 the effects are even more astounding with Gary Jule's 2003 Christmas #1 making a re-entry at #58 with his version of "Mad World".

Apparently EMI are thinking of releasing the Beatles back catalogue for download for the first time with industry experts expecting the Top 10 Singles to be entirely Beatles tracks once this happens under the new rules!

Wham's "Last Christmas" - along with many other festive tracks - would have been back in the Charts throughout December too.

So yes, I'm glad that the music industry is taking note of digital downloads but I'm not convinced it'll help with the diversity of the charts nor for the discovery of new talent.

Top 40 Changes Help Snow Patrol (BBC News Online; Monday 8th January 2007)

Chart Revamp Puts Downloads First (BBC News oNline; Friday 29th December 2006)
Punisher Skull


nesf posted a link to the QuitMeter on his LJ. This is a little site that informs you of all the money you've saved by giving up smoking.

It's quite a nice moral boost to see those £££'s saved over the course.

My own 'quitting' has going very well. Haven't been having cravings or anything - but then I did't really consider myself a smoker in the first place :p
Old Friend

(Trailer) Re-Cycle

Came across this Hong Kong/Taiwan film that's due for release later this year ina  French magazine I receive.

The trailer is a bit dark but it looks really interesting :)

Old Friend

The return of.... "TALISMAN"

Yay! Black Industries have finally announced the return of the Talisman Board Game! OK, so it's not until October 2007 - but it's coming!

Talisman was an old favourite of mine in the 80's and early 90's and the new edition will have all new artwork and from what I've heard is looking really good. I was first told about this (and then sworn to secrecy damn them) back in October so am thrilled that I don't have to keep biting my tongue any longer :)

Here's the Full Press Release (Black Industries website)

I personally think that GW's re-entry into the Board Games market has been partially motivated by the success Fantasy Flight Games have had redoing some of the old GW titles (Warrior Knights and Fury of Dracula). It also means that we might start seeing some older titles return as I'm sure GW/BI won't stop with Talisman. Plus they have a couple of decades worth of ideas floating around which they can plunder or return to.