The Stirrer reports that Birmingham band Midas have been disqualified from the UK charts for the current single Red Shoes expected to chart in the top 20 based on midweek figures. It appears they prompted a suspicious spike in sales by selling pre-loaded SIM cards at gigs which make downloading the single easier for fans, but the Official Chart Company have apparently refused to investigate further.
It’s worth noting that the band release on their own label, Plastic Tank, and therefore don’t have the legal muscle of, say, EMI. And it’s also apparent that the chart system isn’t able to deal with innovations in selling digital music. I mean, I’m a total tech-nerd but the concept of selling pre-loaded SIM cards seems totally left-field to me.
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Ah, the perils of writing stuff and scheduling your blogging software to post it the next day. In the meanwhile someone else will write something much more informed, detailed and in all ways better. Step forward Andrew Dubber who reckons Midas getting kicked out is the right thing, but that everyone should get kicked out cos the charts are rigged, and anyway the charts are rubbish and mean nothing. He goes on to hope that Midas’ outrage is just for the publicity (independent act banned by majors-loving charts shock) rather than a genuine desire to get in the charts and welcomes a fight if anyone wants to take him on about this whole “the charts are shit” point of view.
(For the record the top bit was written at about 10pm Thursday with the second bit at a little before 7am. This whole thing will arrive online at 11.58am UTC+1)