Record Retailer

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. "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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