No 1?

By Jo Phillips

In the UK Christmas number ones are singles that are top of the singles chart in the week during the week before  Christmas day.Traditionally the volume of record sales in the UK peaks at Christmas, with the Christmas number one being considered especially prestigious, more so than any other time of year. Many of the Christmas number ones were also the were the bets selling single of that particular year. Due to the common practice of dating a chart by the date on which the week ends, the Christmas chart is dated on or after 25 December, but comprises sales for the week before Christmas. Maybe you are one of those people who like a flutter at this time of year…

The uk singles chart began in 1952 after appearing in the music paper the NME the positions of all songs are based on week end sale totals . The emergence of a serious contest for the Christmas number-one spot began in 1973  when Slade deliberately released Merry Xmas Everyone as an effort to reach the top of the charts on Christmas.

Since 2002 the Christmas number one has been dominated by TV contests, with the winners often heading straight to number one in the week before Christmas.  In 2007, bookmakers started taking bets on which song would be the “Christmas Number Two” instead.  The1992  Rage against the Machine single ‘Killing in the Name’  outsold Joe McElderry  in 2009 following a successful social media campaign. This made them the first group to get a Christmas number one with a download-only single, and resulted in the most download sales in a single week in UK chart history.  Similar campaigns, however were unsuccessful.

Well may be a flutter on something else is more your thing, if so there is a multitude of things you can bet on from the sublime to the ridiculous or may be you would just prefer to play online casino?

The very first internet gambling website started coming online in the middle of the 1990’s. The very first act that started this trend was Antigua and Barbuda passing a law entitled the Free Trade and Processing Act.  This opened the doors for legal online gambling from Poker to casino style betting. However, there are also those who love to wager on sports. This trend was hard to ignore, which led to the appearance of  the first online sports site in 1996. The first online casino was also opened in 1996.

Throughout the late 1990’s, the popularity of online gambling an to explode, and by the end of 1996 there were approximately 15 similar sites! By 1997, this has exploded to more than 200 online casinos. Revenues from this surging industry also reached more than $830 million just in 1998.