The site was initially set up in March 2004 to archive the UK top 40 singles chart as it was released. Over the months and years the site began archiving the UK album chart and began to include more chart positions in the archive. At the time of writing the site records the top 100 singles and albums every week as they are published by the official charts company. The singles archive was provided very kindly by Colin at PolyHex and the albums chart archive was kindly published by Lonnie of DistantStar on the UKmix forums.
Data from the site has been obtained from various sources over the years, some used more extensively than others. Below is a brief list of the major data sources without whom this site would not exist.
- PolyHex.com - Contains loads of chart information and analysis.
- DistantStar.org.uk - Excellent data and very useful publications.
- TheOfficialCharts.com - Weekly publication of top 100 singles and albums in the UK
- Yahoo! Launch UK - Weekly publication of top 75 singles and albums in the UK.
- BBC Radio 1 Chart Show - Weekly broadcast of top 40 singles and albums in the UK.
The website is hosted by DreamHost and I highly recommend them as a very competitively priced host that offers well featured packages, reliability and good support when it is required. You can support the site by contributing towards running costs and the time spent working on the site (many many hours!) using the donation link below. If you wish to donate using another method don't hesitate to contact me through the forums.