UK launched the country’s first official chart of vinyl records this week, created in response to rising vinyl sales over the past decade, and following the news that in 2014 vinyl sales figures hit a 20-year high.
The chief organizer, Martin Talbot, said : “We’re delighted to launch the UK’s first Official Vinyl Albums and Official Vinyl Singles charts on OfficialCharts.com…With vinyl album sales up by almost 70 per cent already this year, vinyl junkies could well have snapped up two million units by the end of this year, a tenfold rise over six years”
Nearly 1.29 million vinyl LPs were sold in the UK in 2014, up from 780,674 the previous year. The figure surpassed sales for 1996, at the height of Britpop, when 1.08 million vinyl records were sold. Sales hit a low in 2007, when just 205,292 units were bought.
Arctic Monkeys’s “AM”, released in 2013, is the top selling vinyl album, followed by Radiohead’s “The King Of Limbs”, Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon”, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and Pink Floyd’s “The Endless River”.
David Bowie’s “Life On Mars”, released to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013, is the top-selling vinyl single of the decade. It’s followed by “Love Me Do” by The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone”, Paul Weller’s “No Tears To Cry”/”Wake Up The Nation” and Morrissey’s “Everyday Is Like Sunday”.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds leads the year’s single sales, with “Ballad of the Mighty” and “The Dying of the Light”.
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