How much does it cost to have a hit single? The BBC investigates. The interesting thing about this article is how people are finally beginning to think that the age of the single might be over – and that radioplay might become the next criteria for the UK charts – much as it has done in America. Which of course means that more power than ever lies in the hands of the companies that are trying to get the music played and on the radio stations to decide what we should be hearing. I’m not entirely comfortable with this. It’s just a shame that downloads count for so little – actual downloads by real people might be a much more interesting model for chart action.