Over the course of its existence, James Masterton's Chartwatch column has appeared across a number of different websites.
October 1992 - June 1995 : Posted to usenet, mainly rec.music.misc and rec.music.info
July 1995 - December 2003 : Dotmusic.com
January 2004 - April 2008 : Yahoo! Launch UK
May 2008 - September 2011 : Yahoo! Music UK & Ireland
November 2011 - May 2016 : Top40.About.com
June 2016 - date : chart-watch.uk
For the first time ever this site will eventually gather together as close to a complete set of weekly columns as possible, most of these unavailable and unread since their original week of publication. Just click in the top left corner to access the year-by-year archives, although this will, for now, be a work in progress with regular additions over the coming months.
A word of warning, each column was written for the online audience for that particular week and most were never intended as a matter of historical record. They represented the state of play on the UK music charts as it was viewed at the time. History may well have since taken a different view. Where it is necessary to offer clarification or just to correct moments when I was clearly talking bollocks you will find a [jarring editorial intervention] from the modern day James Masterton.
Note that these archives are sourced from my original notes which may not always correspond to what was edited to go online. In particular, there was a period around the turn of the decade when I was in the habit of correcting previously unnoticed errors and glitches on the live version of the column using Yahoo!'s own content management system. Consequently, those changes never made it back to my own archives. Where you stumble across something which was completely inaccurate, even then, please just presume for simplicity that I am the definitively incorrect word on the matter.
Latest Archive Updates:
August 2017: We are getting there, and with every new piece the archive moves closer to completion. All past columns are now online dating from 1992 right the way through to the end of 2004 and you can also read the complete sets of columns from 2010, 2011 and 2012 plus of course 2016 and everything written to date in 2017. More on the way as we work towards uploading the complete back catalogue.