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post Nov 26 2020, 09:10 AM
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The second book in The Music Chronicle annual series is now available, with 16 extra pages of content.

There are many books and websites which catalogue the British singles and albums charts. And there are a wealth of biographies of pop stars and rock groups in book and magazine format. But, until The Music Chronicle came along, there wasn’t a year-by-year review which documented the best sellers, the major festivals and tours, the award winners, the films and television shows, the industry’s financials, the headline news stories and the unlikely trivia which go together to create the vibrant and diverse British music scene.

With chapters covering Singles, Albums, Live Music, the Music Industry, Music & the Media, Global Music, Awards and Music People, plus a Review of the Year, the Music Chronicle presents in a series of over 200 lists, charts and short articles, all aspects of popular music from a single year.
The benefit of hindsight makes it possible to pick out the musical trends of the period, the debuts, break-ups, births and deaths which had most impact, and the singles and albums which have endured. The majority of the lists and all of the graphics have been compiled exclusively for the Music Chronicle, using original research that has sourced information from both contemporary and more recent publications.

In time for its 40th anniversary, the second edition in the Music Chronicle series covers 1981. It shines a spotlight on Adam & The Ants, Queen, Toyah, U2, The Human League, Shakin’ Stevens, Bucks Fizz, Bob Marley, Kim Wilde, The Rolling Stones, Soft Cell, Blondie, Air Supply, John Lennon, O.M.D., Randy Crawford, Julio Iglesias, Elvis Presley, Brit Funk, Ghost Town, Bronze Records, disco medleys, MTV, The Birdie Song, Wigan Casino, The Blitz Kids, HMV, Kerrang!, The Royal Wedding, home taping, Eel Pie Studios and much more.

Who were the biggest selling songwriters and producers of 1981 ? Which festival had the largest attendance ? What were the critics’ favourite albums of the year ? What were the biggest American hits that failed to chart in the UK ? Which artists sold more records in 1981 than they did in any other year ? What breakthrough technologies were launched that year ? Who are the most successful musical stars that were born in 1981 ? Which Greatest Hits album contained the most hits ? Whose stage set was stolen, and whose sold for over £11,000 at auction ? Where would you have obtained a copy of “Pinball Wizard” by Bucks Fizz ? How many Top 20 hits were spun out of Crossroads ? Why did Queen have to cancel two concerts in Venezuela ? Which chart star has a Masters of Fine Art in Sculpting ? Which number one album included two versions of “The Birdie Song” ? Who was signed to his eighth record label when he scored his first hit ? All of these questions are answered amongst the wealth of information that builds to tell the complete story of popular music in 1981.



The Music Chronicle 1981 is available for £5.99 + P&P (£1.99 in the UK), directly from the publisher by e-mail to musicchronicle@yahoo.com

Or for £6.99 + P&P from eBay. Search for Music Chronicle 1981.

Music Chronicle 1981


For anyone who missed The Music Chronicle 1980, this is available together with The Music Chronicle 1981 from eBay, with a saving on P&P.

Music Chronicle 1980 + 1981


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Here are some of the comments we received about The Music Chronicle 1980, on BuzzJack and other forums and websites:-

“A great addition to my music book library. The content is outstanding. I'll happily recommend it to people.”

“Sean seems to have covered all the important and interesting musical facts and events of the year very well. I get the feeling I may be referring to this book often in the future and look forward to seeing other years in the series.”

“I think what I like best about it is not the pure stats. The book eschews what you can find on the internet. The joy is in the value added. So some rather intriguing lists, for example the connections of session supergroup Sky, and the reasons behind some otherwise surprising re-issues. The Music Chronicle is, for want of a better word, whimsical.”

“I study the UK Charts avidly, but there were many details in the book that I was unaware of. I cannot praise the book enough.”

“I ordered a copy of this and it really is a fantastic source of information for the price.”

“Amazing value and hours of reading and digesting! Couldn't even begin to imagine how much work went into this!”

“The 1980 Book is excellent. I highly recommend it, as it is well worth its price. I urge every UK chart fan to buy the 1980 book. It is a great addition to any chart books collection.”


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Yesterday, the OCC posted an article about the Top 40 most streamed Christmas tracks.

The return of old Christmas tracks to the charts is an older phenomenon than many people realise.

In 1981 the Christmas chart set a new record, with 13 seasonal singles listed. Four of these were re-entries / re-releases, and the A-side of three of them, plus the B-side of the fourth, appear on this OCC streaming list. 1981 also saw the first appearance of a cult Christmas classic which won't be far outside the OCC Top 40.

The Music Chronicle 1981 provides a rundown of the 13 Christmas hits, alongside a multitude of other entertaining and informative lists, articles and snippets of trivia about the British music scene in that fascinating year.



This week's albums chart saw entries for new compilations by Shakin' Stevens and Spandau Ballet. After making their chart debuts in 1980, both of these acts established themselves in 1981.

The Music Chronicle 1981 reveals where in the year end Top 206 their singles finished, how they ranked amongst the Top 46 singles acts, where their albums finished amongst the Top 192 of the year, and how they fared on the Top 28 albums acts list. The book also tells the story of Shakin' Stevens' rise to fame, illustrates his two tours of the British Isles during 1981, shows how he ranks amongst the most successful acts of the 1980s, summarises his performance on the singles charts in 10 European countries, provides detailed information about his number one singles and albums, and tells the history of his cover versions.

Spandau Ballet feature in the story of The Blitz Kids. And page 168 reveals the link between "Lifeline", and Sheena Eastons' "For Your Eyes Only", Madonna's "Burning Up" and Def Leppard's "Let's Get Rocked".
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post Dec 5 2020, 05:25 PM
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I'm actually quite intrigued by these books but I cannot seem to find it on eBay. Can you provide a link?
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post Dec 5 2020, 05:39 PM
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I would def be interested in getting one of them to see what they’re like
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I think this is the right link

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Music-Chroni...qQAAOSw7MZfvlo8

and this for the 1980 and 1981 together.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Music-Chroni...qQAAOSw7MZfvlo8

I have the 1980 volume and it's really good. Well researched and well worth the price! It's full of good facts and I have no doubt that the 1981 volume will be just as good.
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QUOTE(Christmasteve201 @ Dec 5 2020, 05:39 PM) *
I would def be interested in getting one of them to see what they’re like

The 1980 one is an excellent piece of work and I’m confident that the 1981 volume will be just as good.
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Do you ship out of the UK? I live in Iceland and I can’t find any info on whether that’s possible.
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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Dec 5 2020, 10:36 PM) *
The 1980 one is an excellent piece of work and I’m confident that the 1981 volume will be just as good.


Think il maybe give it a try - 1981 would be a great year as well as the 80s really gets going.
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QUOTE(diva thin muffin @ Dec 5 2020, 05:25 PM) *
I'm actually quite intrigued by these books but I cannot seem to find it on eBay. Can you provide a link?

Sorry for not providing any links. But until I've reached 20 posts, I'm not allowed to !

However, kingsofskiffle's post below has the correct links.

I'll add them to the first post when I've reached 20 posts.
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QUOTE(kingofskiffle @ Dec 5 2020, 10:11 PM) *
I think this is the right link

and this for the 1980 and 1981 together.

I have the 1980 volume and it's really good. Well researched and well worth the price! It's full of good facts and I have no doubt that the 1981 volume will be just as good.


Thank you very much. Yes, those are the correct links.

And thank you for your positive comments too - they mean a lot when they come from such a respected chart enthusiast.



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QUOTE(Suedehead2 @ Dec 5 2020, 10:36 PM) *
The 1980 one is an excellent piece of work and I’m confident that the 1981 volume will be just as good.



Thank you very much.


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QUOTE(diva thin muffin @ Dec 6 2020, 12:03 AM) *
Do you ship out of the UK? I live in Iceland and I can’t find any info on whether that’s possible.


Yes, I'd be delighted to ship to Iceland. I've sent copies to Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and France.

Please drop me an e-mail at musicchronicle@yahoo.com and I'll give you full details.


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QUOTE(Music Chronicle @ Dec 6 2020, 01:29 PM) *
Thank you very much. Yes, those are the correct links.

And thank you for your positive comments too - they mean a lot when they come from such a respected chart enthusiast.


You're welcome. I always enjoy well researched books, and this is really good! (Congratulations on 20 posts by the way smile.gif )
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QUOTE(kingofskiffle @ Dec 6 2020, 08:57 PM) *
You're welcome. I always enjoy well researched books, and this is really good! (Congratulations on 20 posts by the way smile.gif )

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Received today and they really are superb. Especially love the corrections to the best selling singles of each year. Always thought it was strange Don't You Want Me was so low down on the 'official' best sellers of 1981.

I have posted a positive review on my FB page with a link to buying them. Thanks for all your hard work Sean!


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Bought 1980 last year and it's excellent. Loads of facts and trivia. Just ordered 1981.

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QUOTE(madollar @ Dec 12 2020, 01:28 PM) *
Received today and they really are superb. Especially love the corrections to the best selling singles of each year. Always thought it was strange Don't You Want Me was so low down on the 'official' best sellers of 1981.

I have posted a positive review on my FB page with a link to buying them. Thanks for all your hard work Sean!


Thank you very much. Your comments are much appreciated.

The work that goes into updating the best sellers lists to take account of the full year is, in my opinion, one of the most important stages of preparing the books.
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