SIM lock-out

Stourbridge band Midas have had their single ‘Red Shoes’ removed from the top 20 due to what the compilers OCC (Official Chart Company) say are sales that are “not eligible for the chart”. According to The Stirrer this has something to do with them selling pre-loaded SIM cards.

How you sell music on SIM cards is a mystery to me (maybe Andrew Dubber will explain for us?) – as is why anyone buys music that’s not on vinyl, CD or downloadable – but now USB flash drives are okay for the chart and the chart is awash with 50-year old recordings what should it matter?

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