Infectious Records boss Korda Marshall has been appointed as chairman of the Official Charts Company.
Marshall takes up the role for an initial two-year tenure following a 2012 in which the company celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart, launched a successful consumer-facing web platform and posted record turnover and profits.
Marshall replaces Rob Salter, Tesco’s former head of entertainment, who stepped down from his charts role last month. He will chair a 10-person board, which comprises representatives from the company’s two joint venture owners, record labels association BPI and the Entertainment Retailers Association.
Marshall will take on the non-executive position in addition to his role running Infectious. Across three decades, Marshall has held senior roles at Warner Music, BMG and Mushroom, as well as running Infectious – and has a track record of signing and launching acts including Ash, Muse, Gnarls Barkley, Garbage, the Temper Trap and the breakthrough act of 2012, Alt-J – who won last year’s Mercury Music Prize and have received three Brit Awards 2013 nominations.
Marshall said, “The Official Charts Company is a hugely important organisation. It not only provides data, analysis, programming and visibility for artists but is, in many ways, the custodian of our industry's history. It is a real honour to be given a role to play in the evolution and growth of the Official Charts Company and I am looking forward to working with Martin and his excellent team during what is a challenging but also very exciting time for the music industry.”
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said, “I am delighted to welcome Korda as our new chairman. He is a progressive and experienced entrepreneur with a real vision for the Official Charts, as well as a music man with an unbeatable track record of signing and launching new acts, from commercial pop through to the coolest, most credible acts. He is the perfect person to help us take the next steps on following the excellent contribution of Rob Salter over the past couple of years.”
The Official Charts Company is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK's industry-standard music charts and industry sales data, including key charts such as the UK’s Official Singles Chart, Official Albums Chart and Official Streaming Chart. All of the data is compiled from sales information gathered across all key entertainment channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers, a market research sample equating to 99% of the total UK singles market, 98% of the total UK albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.
Last year saw the Official Charts Company celebrate 60 Years Of The Official Singles Chart, prompting a range of activity including programming across ITV, BBC4, MTV, The Box, Radio 1, Radio 2, 6Music, as well as coverage across the print and online media.