UK's First Official Vinyl Chart Launched

UK’s First Official Vinyl Chart Launched

The UK’s first weekly vinyl chart was launched this by the Official Charts Company as sales of vinyl albums and singles continue to rise, with sales reaching an 18-year high in 2014, to the tune of 1.29 million.

Figures show sales of vinyl albums are set to grow by another 70% this year. Introduced ahead of this year’s Record Store Day on 18 April, the new album and single charts were unveiled yesterday with US rock band All Time Low taking the album top spot.

“It’s still a small part of the business,” admits Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot “But what makes this so unusual is that usually you see new formats arrive and grow in popularity, reach their peak and then they decline and kind of disappear.”

“Here you’ve got something that has grown in popularity back in the 60s and 70s, declined in popularity through the 80s and 90s, got right the way down to the bottom and then started climbing back out again.”

First Ever Official Vinyl Albums Chart – 13.04.15
1. All Time Low – Future Hearts
2. Drenge – Undertow
3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
4. Turbowolf – Two Hands
5. Prodigy – The Day is My Enemy
6. Coutney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think…
7. Van Morrison – Duets – Re-working the Catalogue
8. East India Youth – Culture of Volume
9. Nadine Shah – Fast Food
10. James Bay – Chaos and the Calm

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