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23rd December 2020
Paper Rifles

The preamble is understandably different from our previous year-end charts lists. Well, it has, after all, been a different kind of year.

But what’s not changed is that the music coming out of Scotland has been of the same high standard, even though so much of it was created under lockdown conditions (more…)

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23rd December 2020
The Snuts

Scottish music industry figures have spoken out following the ditching of the Scottish Singles Chart by the Official Chart Company.

The first Scottish Singles chart was published in 1991, adding in digital sales in 2009, and have provided a useful way of viewing different trends on music listening north of the border – as well as being a useful leg-up for bands able to count one of their releases as a hit in their own country.

Since the news broke, a petition has been established by Chief Radio, an online station dedicated to playing Scottish unsigned artists.

They said: “It’s not just losing any insight into what Scotland is listening to musically that will be lost now, but this chart offers bands an opportunity to gain some recognition and a platform to get noticed. Through these charts bands are discovered and have the potential of achieving some chart success.”

Clash magazine asked “It certainly seems a strange move, with the Official Charts having added genre specific rundowns – the Afrobeats Chart, the Folk Chart – earlier in the year.”

DJ and journalist Jim Gellatly spotted the sudden disappearance of the chart, saying: “It’s very disappointing @officialcharts seem to have ditched the Scottish Chart.

It was a great platform for acts like @TheSnuts @LukeLaVolpe and @joshua_grantt to boast their profiles with No.1 hits early in their careers.”

Joshua Grant agreed, tweeting: “It was inspiring to see the likes of Luke La Volpe, Gerry Cinnamon and The Snuts top the Scottish singles chart and this is what spurred me on to do the same”.

The Snuts (pictured) had one of the last home-grown Number 1s on the chart in their October single release ‘Always’.

And The B (@thebmusic) described reaching #47 in September with ‘Bad Poetry’ as their musical highlight, adding “I emailed @officialcharts asking why it’s gone… and got the reply… “data limitations”.

Chief Radio were similarly informed that “a major digital retailer has stopped supplying regional information”. However, for some reason this restriction does not apply to the Scottish Albums Chart, which, the Official Chart Company say, will continue to be published.

So the question remains – which digital retailer is withholding the necessary information, and would the data from other digital retailers, along with physical sales, not still be valid? And are Scottish figures even being incorporated into the overall UK chart?

The Official Charts company have not replied to our request for further information.

You can sign the petition to being back the Scottish Singles Chart now.

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21st December 2020
Ewan Macleod

Tributes have been paid to Scottish music presenter and promoter Ewan Macleod, who has passed away, aged 48. (more…)

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18th December 2020
BLOC+

Glasgow music venue BLOC+ celebrates its 20th anniversary with release of a book… BOOC+.

The Bath Street has seen the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Twin Atlantic, Twilight Sad, Admiral Fallow and Young Fathers among many more grace its stage – although some will know it for an online “rammy” with UKIP, now known as ‘Faragegate’.

BOOC+, published on December 19th, is an anthology of pictures, posters and recipes detailing the bar’s two decades with testimonials from bands such as Frightened Rabbit, Rolo Tomassi and Clutch.

Established by one of the 1990s rave scene pioneers, John Burns, BLOC+ grew from a regular pub to award-winning restaurant and music venue over the years, its reputation enhanced by its innovative food choices (such as burgers in day-glo MD2020 blue sauce, and Buckfast ice-cream).

Accompanying the BLOC BOOC is a 10-track album, a free-to-download reminder of the venue’s status as a record label and featuring some of the acts who have played the venue over the years, including Adam Stafford, Cutty’s Gym, Vasa, Verse Metrics, Chris Devotion & The Expectations and Thula Borah. More releases can be found at bloc.bandcamp.com.

BOOC+ can be ordered here – More at www.bloc.ru / www.facebook.com/blocglasgow.

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17th December 2020
Help Musicians

Music fans across Scotland (and beyond) can put their knowledge to the test (more…)

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30th November 2020
Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro, Amy MacDonald and Lewis Capaldi were among the big winners at the first-ever virtual version of the Scottish Music Awards. (more…)

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21st November 2020
Kohla

Spotify has once again enraged a section of the independent music community. (more…)

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