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Historic day for Radio 1’s Official Chart

BBC Radio 1 has revealed the latest Top 10 singles chart – with nine of the places taken by Ed Sheeran.

His new album, which received an unprecedented amount of airplay and coverage by radio stations all over the UK in the last few weeks, became the fastest-selling album ever by a male artist.

Ed also currently holds 16 places on this week’s top 20.

Speaking to Greg James on Radio 1’s Official Chart, he said: “I never expected to have nine songs in the top 10 ever in my life so yeah, I don’t know, something’s gone wrong. But I’m definitely very, very happy about it.”

The third album, called Divide, shifted 672,000 this week, giving Ed the highest opening week album sales in Official Chart history for a male artist and the third fastest-seller ever. Only Adele’s 25 (800,000) and Oasis’ Be Here Now (696,000) shifted more copies across their first seven days of release.

Here’s how the Top 10 looks:


BBC Radio 2 Country launches nationally

BBC Radio 2 country is back, and here’s how the launch sounded at midday on arch 9th 2017.

The Radio 2 Country pop-up kicked-off today with Welcome To BBC Radio 2 Country With Bob Harris (midday-1pm) – in which Radio 2’s face and voice of country music previews what listeners can expect to hear across the service. Country music specialist Baylen Leonard then takes a look at what the C2C festival has lined up in Celebrating C2C.

Highlights in the BBC Radio 2 Country schedule include Alison Krauss: Bluegrass And beyond, in which the multi-Grammy Award winner chooses an hour of her favourite tracks, and Country Pickers, which sees singer-songwriter Marty Stuart pay tribute to country’s greatest musicians. There will be a celebration of the original mavericks and outlaws of country music in Patrick Kielty’s Country Outlaws, and a look at the sometimes surprising links between country music and soul, R&B and reggae with Trevor Nelson in When Country Meets Soul.


The Shires’ Country Playlist will see the UK duo present a show full of their favourite country tracks, and in Reba’s Gospel Hour the country music superstar Reba McEntire shares her love of gospel music. Paul Sexton takes listeners on a tour of Country’s World of Trouble, reliving some of the genre’s most controversial moments, and Mark Radcliffe curates a music special exploring the song writing genius and widespread influence of Hank Williams in the hour-long Thanks Hank.

On Friday 9 March, presenters Bob Harris and Jo Whiley introduce music from the C2C: Country To Country festival at The O2 in London (6-11pm). Some of the world’s hottest country acts take to the main stage, and listeners can hear their performances, plus behind-the-scenes action, live on BBC Radio 2 Country (and simulcast on BBC Radio 2 from 8pm). Baylen Leonard joins Bob at the festival on Saturday 11 March (4 – 11pm), with Paul Sexton joining him on the final day (12 March, 4-11pm). Some of the acts taking to the C2C stage this year include multi-million selling artist Brad Paisley; genre defying country rock group the Zac Brown Band; Country Music Awards New Artist 2016 Maren Morris and traditional country royalty Marty Stuart. Plus Chris Young, Jennifer Nettles, Brothers Osborne, Cam, Darius Rucker, Dan & Shay and Hunter Hayes.

Further special programming on the Radio 2 Country pop-up service comes from Vanessa Feltz as she celebrates the greatest women of country in Vanessa’s Country Gals, and Sara Cox discovers the biggest country names of the decade in Country Sounds Of The 80s. Comedian and country music lover, Susan Calman guides listeners through The Comedy of Country, and Colin Murray looks at country music’s obsession with the bottle in Liquor In The Lyrics, with an hour of songs inspired by whisky, bourbon and beer.

Other presenters broadcasting on BBC Radio 2 Country include BBC Scotland’s Ricky Ross, American DJ Storme Warren and Radio 2 presenters Leo Green, Ken Bruce, Steve Wright and Simon Mayo.

Also this year, in Chris Country on Radio 2, Radio 2 Country welcomes Chris Stevens to the service – the voice of the UK-based DAB radio station dedicated to playing country music.

Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2, says: “Radio 2 thrives on the diversity of its musical output and as country music is so popular with our listeners, we’re excited to be bringing back the pop-up DAB. This digital service will showcase the very best the genre has to offer; both through the extensive live coverage from C2C, and the abundance of distinctive programming exploring various aspects of country music.”

BBC Radio 2 Country can be listened to on digital radio, online at the Radio 2 website and on the BBC iPlayer Radio app. To receive BBC Radio 2 Country, listeners can retune their digital radio on Wednesday 8 March by pressing ‘autotune’ or ‘autoscan’. Visit for more information and to view the full schedule.

Over on BBC Four, The Shires: New Country will examine the rise of The Shires, the first British country group to have a Top 10 album in the UK pop charts, and how they have spearheaded today’s interest in country music. The hour-long television documentary follows Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle as they launch their second album, My Universe, in the UK, as well as on a working trip to Nashville where they are signed by the leading country label in town Big Machine. The duo play the Bluebird, the intimate club where the performances from the TV series Nashville are filmed, and meet with Scott Borchetta, who discovered Taylor Swift and made the genre go pop. Interviews include Scott Borchetta, Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes of The Shires, sisters Catherine and Lizzy of Ward Thomas and Thomas Rhett, one of the rising stars of American country music, who mixes country with funk, pop and rock.

Ben and Crissie of The Shires says: “We’re so excited to be part of this documentary which explores the rise of country music in the UK – it’s a truly fascinating story. Plus it’s such a pleasure to have the opportunity to present our very own show on Radio 2 Country. We’ll be sharing our all-time favourite music with listeners, as well as playing tracks that have influenced our music and the artists we are today.”

Also on BBC Four, comedian and writer Rich Hall returns with a 90 minute documentary about the origins of country music, in particular the country music that came out of Nashville and Austin. In Rich Hall On Country (working title) Rich travels from Tennessee to Texas meeting up with authors and musicians, to discuss the birth and evolution of country music and how this genre of music has always had to reinvent itself, with influences from Bluegrass, Western Swing and Tex Mex .

The Shires: New Country was ordered for BBC Music and BBC Four by Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four, and commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, Music TV. Produced by Globe Productions, the executive producer is Iain Funnell, the producer/director is Adrian Sibley. Co-produced by Decca Records.

Rich Hall On Country (working title) was ordered for BBC Four by Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four, and commissioned by Mark Bell, Head of Commissioning, Arts TV. An Open Mike production, where the Executive Producers are Andrew Beint and Anthony Caveney. Executive produced for the BBC by Emma Cahusac.”

Shaun Tilley starts new show on BBC locals

Shaun Tilley is bringing his 70s and 80s Heaven show to BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey every Saturday morning.

The new show will feature 30 minutes of music from the 70s followed by 30 minutes from the 80s.

Former Capital Gold, Magic and Radio Luxembourg presenter Shaun told RadioToday: “I am thrilled to be able to play the biggest hits and rarely heard gems from these two incredible decades on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey each Saturday. Once again, big thanks to Mark Carter and the management team for believing in this show just as they have done already with my Top of the Pops Playback series.

“We will kick off every week with 30 minutes of 70s memories. Then a quick swap of my flares for leg warmers is in order so I can play some crackers from the 80s during our second half”.

The programme’s imaging will be re-sung classic JAM Radio 1 jingles from the 70s and 80s produced by S2Blue. It starts on Saturday 25th March and will air from 5am till 6am.



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