How To Get My Music into the UK Top 40 Charts

There are a lot of distributors out there that claim they are unique because they can help you get your music in the charts. Some of the distributors even charge money to do this. Most bands don’t even realise that they can do this all themselves for FREE! Any distributor that charges for a service like this is simply just ripping you off.

Here is a step by step guide on how to get your music chart eligible for the UK.

  1. Ensure your release complies with the ‘Chart Rules’. There are rules that apply to physical formats, and rules for digital formats. If your release does not adhere to the chart rules it will not be eligible for any of the published charts, although OCC will still track sales of the product providing it has been registered correctly.
    Full copies of the chart rules (singles and albums) are available to download from here
  2. Obtain a catalogue number and barcode for each of your physical formats. We can only track sales of those products  with a unique barcode (UPC codes are provided FREE on RouteNote).
  3. Obtain an ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) for each of your individual digital tracks and a digital barcode for each of your digital formats. We can only track sales of those downloads with an ISRC and digital single or album formats with a digital barcode.
  4. Finally you need to head to the PPL Repertoire site: Once there you need to register and upload your music to the PPL Repertoire database. Contact PPL Repertoire Database via email on or by telephone on 020 7534 1122 if you have any problems.

Thats it!

Make sure that you never pay any money to distributors for this service, because anyone can get access to the PPL Repertoire database for FREE.

For more information check out the Offical charts website.

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    Your honesty on this matter is greatly appreciated.

    Other distributors are charging around £25 for this service.

    thanks i found this info very helpfull didnt know i could do all this myself how hard is it to all this done? do u have to pay the charts at all to get your music there?

    @naaam It’s dead easy. You get a little desktop app to create and submit your own ISRC codes(which you can use in your Routenote releases) and it’s all very easy to use. PPL will send you download links for their contracts, which allow them to track and collect royalties on your behalf. Just print them, sign them and return them by post. It’s that easy. And totally FREE.

    Where do you get the desktop app you mention that creates the ISRC codes – does that come from PPL? Also who generates the UPC codes? I’m new to this so any help is appreciated.

    I have registered my Record label with PPL, just need to print off the agreement and scan it back to them signed. And using the info above register the track.. My digital distributor did want to charge me for both activities, but then they would be using their time to complete all the forms, so on that basis they are entitled to charge a fee. However I am always sceptical that they would actually do what you pay them for and also sceptical that they would not try to register the rights in their name -cutting you out of the royalty payments… I’m cautious now!

    The stuff in the Top 40 is- for the most part-time absolutely terrible. The levels of mediocrity is staggering. I remember when dance music was full of character, not generic and faceless.

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