By Daniel Lane
Two years ago this week, the Official Charts Company teamed up with Record Store Day, the now annual celebration of local independent record shops, to launch the Official Record Store Chart.
Published weekly on www.officialcharts.com as well as in NME magazine and in Music Week, the chart counts down the biggest selling albums that the British record buying public have been purchasing in 100 of the nation’s coolest independent record shops (ie; those which participate in Record Store Day) over the previous seven days.
On the eve of Record Store Day 2014, the Official Charts Company can reveal that AM by Arctic Monkeys was the biggest selling album in the nation’s independent record shops since last year’s event.
The Sheffield band’s fifth studio album, which was released in September, is joined in the Top 5 by Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (Number 2) and Robbie Williams’ Swings Both Ways (3). All three albums debuted at Number 1 on the UK’s over-all Official Albums Chart during their respective release weeks.
One of the unique aspects of the Official Record Store Chart, however, is that it also showcases acts who aren't in the mainstream. British trio London Grammar are at Number 4 on the annual countdown with their debut album, If You Wait, while …Like Clockwork, US rockers Queens Of The Stone Age’s sixth studio album is at Number 5. The Top 20 also features releases by The National (8), Boards Of Canada (11), Vampire Weekend (12), Savages (13), John Grant (18) and Haim (19).
You can see the full Top 40 below:
|2||RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES||DAFT PUNK|
|3||SWINGS BOTH WAYS||ROBBIE WILLIAMS|
|4||IF YOU WAIT||LONDON GRAMMAR|
|5||LIKE CLOCKWORK||QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE|
|6||SINCE I SAW YOU LAST||GARY BARLOW|
|8||TROUBLE WILL FIND ME||NATIONAL|
|9||MIDNIGHT MEMORIES||ONE DIRECTION|
|11||TOMORROW'S HARVEST||BOARDS OF CANADA|
|12||MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY||VAMPIRE WEEKEND|
|14||BABEL||MUMFORD & SONS|
|15||THE NEXT DAY||DAVID BOWIE|
|17||RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME||OLLY MURS|
|18||PALE GREEN GHOSTS||JOHN GRANT|
|19||DAYS ARE GONE||HAIM|
|20||JAKE BUGG||JAKE BUGG|
|21||LONG WAY DOWN||TOM ODELL|
|23||SO LONG SEE YOU TOMORROW||BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB|
|25||TO BE LOVED||MICHAEL BUBLE|
|28||THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2||EMINEM|
|29||SHANGRI LA||JAKE BUGG|
|30||MECHANICAL BULL||KINGS OF LEON|
|31||INFORM EDUCATE ENTERTAIN||PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING|
|32||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE|
|33||GOING BACK HOME||WILKO JOHNSON/ROGER DALTREY|
|34||THE SHOCKING MISS EMERALD||CARO EMERALD|
|35||RIGHT THOUGHTS RIGHT WORDS RIGHT ACTION||FRANZ FERDINAND|
|38||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY|
|40||WAKIN ON A PRETTY DAZE||KURT VILE|
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