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post Apr 12 2015, 09:50 PM
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UK’s first Official Vinyl Charts launch as vinyl sales soar in 2015
12 April 2015
By Lauren Kreisler


We're excited to announce the launch of the UK’s first ever weekly Official Vinyl Charts, published exclusively on OfficialCharts.com, as new figures reveal the vinyl resurgence continues strongly in 2015.

Kicking off Record Store Day week 2015, new proof arrives today that Britain’s renewed interest in music on vinyl shows little sign of slowing.

2014 witnessed vinyl LP sales reaching a 20-year high in the UK at 1.29 million, following seven years of unbroken growth, and now new Official Charts Company data for the first quarter of 2015 reveals that this trend is continuing at pace, with vinyl album purchasing up yet again a staggering 69% versus the same period in 2014, and vinyl singles also up 23%.

With such enduring love for vinyl from music fans and collectors alike, the Official Charts Company are pleased to introduce the UK’s first ever Official Vinyl Charts.

The Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 40 and Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40 (combining sales of 7” and 12” singles) will launch Monday 13 April exclusively on the all-new OfficialCharts.com.

Following a period of rapid organic audience growth hitting record traffic of 2.5 million monthly unique users, the newly revamped responsive site – which was awarded Site Of The Fortnight and a 5* review by Web User Magazine as well as being shortlisted for Best Website at this summer’s Brand Republic Digital Awards - will become the exclusive home of the weekly rundown, with the charts published each week on Sundays, 7pm.

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company comments:

“We’re delighted to launch the UK’s first Official Vinyl Albums and Official Vinyl Singles charts on OfficialCharts.com, to coincide with Record Store Day this coming weekend. With vinyl album sales up by almost 70% already this year, vinyl junkies could well have snapped up 2 million units by the end of this year – an extraordinary number, if you consider sales were one-tenth of that just six years ago. This growth underlines the continuing resurgence of this much-loved format, whether you’re a fan of Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, Led Zeppelin or David Bowie.”

Midweek leaders on the Official Albums Chart and also on track to claim one of the biggest selling vinyl records of the week, All Time Low’s frontman Alex Gaskarth said:

“What’s been going on with vinyl at the moment is really cool. What I love is that there are different worlds of vinyl fans; there’s the audiophiles who swear by the sound of vinyl, the people for who like owning it as a collector’s piece, and then groups like our fans who buy a vinyl of our record simply so they can hang it on their wall.

“Back in Baltimore there’s this incredible record store called Sound Garden, which I can regularly be found in. What I love about vinyl is that it makes a real event out of music; you go into a record shop and have to search out what’s there. The world is in music overload at the moment, so it’s great to see more people honing in on certain artists by buying a vinyl and showing loyalty to their favourites. It makes the whole experience of listening to an album special.”

UK vinyl retailer Phil Barton of Sister Ray Records, Soho, London adds:

“The resurgence in vinyl sales has been a great boost for the independent trade. The launch of the Official Vinyl Charts tells the world that a format that is loved and revered is more relevant now than ever - far from being a curiosity, vinyl is the go-to format for many music fans.”

Official Vinyl Albums Chart - Q1 2015

1 CHASING YESTERDAY NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
2 PHYSICAL GRAFFITI LED ZEPPELIN
3 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
4 ROYAL BLOOD ROYAL BLOOD
5 THE RACE FOR SPACE PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
6 SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT BOB DYLAN
7 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
8 LOST IN THE DREAM WAR ON DRUGS
9 HAPPY PEOPLE PEACE
10 FOUR SYMBOLS LED ZEPPELIN
©2015 Official Charts Company . All rights reserved.

Official Vinyl Singles Chart - Q1 2015

1 BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
2 THE DYING OF THE LIGHT NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
3 YOUNG AMERICANS DAVID BOWIE
4 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT BRUNO MARS
5 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE PAUL MCCARTNEY
6 THE HUNTER SLAVES
7 CUT ME AND I'LL BLEED BLOSSOMS
8 HANDSOME VACCINES
9 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING
10 I COULD GIVE YOU ALL THAT YOU DON'T WANT TWILIGHT SAD
©2015 Official Charts Company . All rights reserved.

Annual UK vinyl album sales volumes

YEAR VINYL LP SALES VOLUME SHARE OF UK ALBUMS MARKET
1995 1,410,905 1.60%
1996 1,083,206 1.00%
1997 817,018 0.70%
1998 642,102 0.50%
1999 672,866 0.60%
2000 751,857 0.60%
2001 761,558 0.50%
2002 657,127 0.40%
2003 579,248 0.40%
2004 453,254 0.30%
2005 351,224 0.20%
2006 250,926 0.20%
2007 205,292 0.10%
2008 208,526 0.20%
2009 219,449 0.20%
2010 234,471 0.20%
2011 337,041 0.30%
2012 388,768 0.40%
2013 780,674 0.80%
2014 1,288,510 1.50%
©2015 Official Charts Company . All rights reserved.
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post Apr 12 2015, 09:51 PM
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post Apr 12 2015, 09:52 PM
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I'm so glad they're back! I was annoyed when they disappeared when the site updated.
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post Apr 12 2015, 09:55 PM
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As a frequent vinyl consumer, I'm delighted to see the return of this! Thrilled for Noel. wub.gif
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post Apr 12 2015, 09:57 PM
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Album chart is a good idea, but vinyl singles chart is rather odd idea - they can't sell very many of them judging by the physical singles chart.
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post Apr 12 2015, 10:10 PM
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post Apr 12 2015, 10:18 PM
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Public Service Broadcasting at number five in the album YTD cheer.gif

Good to see a little plug for Sister Ray records, my favourite music retailer when I worked in London.
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post Apr 12 2015, 10:30 PM
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QUOTE(AcerBen @ Apr 12 2015, 10:57 PM) *
Album chart is a good idea, but vinyl singles chart is rather odd idea - they can't sell very many of them judging by the physical singles chart.

I agree, although I suppose there will be some differences as vinyl singles are more likely to sell with indie acts and older acts such as David Bowie and Paul McCartney whilst CDs are more likely to sell with boybands, reality TV singles and charity releases. Because physicals sell so little in general and therefore very little copies separate positions, there could be some somewhat significant differences between the two charts.
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post Apr 13 2015, 05:40 AM
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This whole idea of a vinyl revival is, as I've mentioned before, basically bollocks. Looking at those statistics above, even in 2007 - when they were supposedly at a low - you've got this article by the Guardian claiming they're rising, which sounds like it's entirely due to one record (Icky Thump by the White Stripes) selling well: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2007/j...musicnews.music .

Like "retro/vintage" clothing or computer games, it's just recently become a way to make a lot of money from things that are old. This is especially true when you discover that most people who claim they're collecting vinyl don't actually own a record player, they just want to put various LPs on the shelf in a way to hipster up their house.
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post Apr 13 2015, 06:25 AM
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I disagree, our local HMV now stocks a large vinyl section - and the sales quoted above from the OCC clearly show a 5 x increase since 2007.
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post Apr 13 2015, 06:34 AM
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Since the digital age, I feel more inclined to buy vinyls as my physical copy. Like Jade, I've also become a collector and I think lots of other people have too (some always were). New record shops have opened all over East London.
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Not to mention that loads of music fans I know claim much superior quality of vinyl recording than CDs or more so - any kind of online music.
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post Apr 13 2015, 08:33 AM
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While I can see some demand for Albums in this format, a vinyl singles chart, particularly one of 40 places, seems like overkill. What sort of numbers would the Number 40 vinyl single sell in a week? Single figures?
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post Apr 13 2015, 09:03 AM
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Waiting for the Official Cassette Chart to be introduced TBQH biggrin.gif

No, in all seriousness, vinyl has been on the up for the last few years. There's a whole area dedicated to vinyl albums in our local HMV now, whereas only five years previous to that it was where iPods, wireless speakers etc - the very things that sent it to the brink of administration - were stocked.

Certainly from HMV's case, they've learnt from their mistakes and have put music back at the heart of its business. Of course there will always be hipsters just getting the vinyl to look 'chic'. But they're still a vital part of the food chain, as it were, and there are people who do genuinely get the vinyl to listen to it are there too.

I have a few vinyls of different singles released during this century and listen to them when the mood takes me on my dad's old midi system complete with the individual portals for CD/cassette etc. Surely it's the appreciating music in whatever form takes your mood that's important here?
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Perhaps the worst thing about the vinyl revival is the coining of the word "vinyls"!
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QUOTE(Joe. @ Apr 12 2015, 09:52 PM) *
I'm so glad they're back! I was annoyed when they disappeared when the site updated.

Did they disappear? Cos I've seen people on other forums quoting the vinyl charts only last week. And I don't understand why they're saying official. The vinyl charts are on the charts site so they're already official. Just like the Scottish charts, sales charts etc.
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QUOTE(StephenN18 @ Apr 13 2015, 11:01 AM) *
Did they disappear? Cos I've seen people on other forums quoting the vinyl charts only last week. And I don't understand why they're saying official. The vinyl charts are on the charts site so they're already official. Just like the Scottish charts, sales charts etc.


Well I couldn't find them when I looked after the site update anyway. I might just not have been looking properly.
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QUOTE(fchd @ Apr 13 2015, 09:15 AM) *
Perhaps the worst thing about the vinyl revival is the coining of the word "vinyls"!


I agree 100%
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Can't wait to see next weeks chart with RSD happening on Saturday.

It will be the most interesting chart ever.
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QUOTE(Joe. @ Apr 13 2015, 11:02 AM) *
Well I couldn't find them when I looked after the site update anyway. I might just not have been looking properly.


ChartsPlus has carried the vinyl T40 album chart for several years.

It must be over 10 years since I last bought a vinyl record though - they are much more expensive than CD's/downloads, too.


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