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Radiohead and the Gallagher brothers score biggest selling vinyl releases of 2011

23/01/2012

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By Martin Talbot

The Gallagher brothers were the kings of 7 inch vinyl in 2011, the Official Charts Company can confirm – but with Liam winning out over his older brother Noel.

The former Oasis twosome accounted for six of the Top 10 biggest selling 7 inch singles last year, with Liam’s Beady Eye taking the first and second spot in the end of year chart – with 'The Roller' and 'Millionaire'. Beady Eye overall took four places in the year-end 7 inch Top 10, which is today unveiled by the Official Charts Company.

In comparison, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was fifth for the year with 'The Death Of You And Me', with a total of two singles in the Top 10 and three in the Top 20. The only other acts to challenge the Gallaghers’ domination were Morrissey’s 'Glamorous Glue' and Arctic Monkeys' 'Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair', in third and eighth for the year respectively.

It wasn’t a great year for seven inch vinyl overall though, with sales down to 122,000 units in 2011, compared to 152,000 in 2010 – according to Official Charts Company stats. Sales of 12 inch singles also fell, to 63,000 from 67,000 in 2010. As a result, total vinyl singles were down 15% to 186,000. Radiohead contributed the biggest selling 12 inch single in the form of 'The Butcher / Supercollider', while Paul Weller’s 'Starlite' was placed second for the year.

In contrast to the decline in vinyl singles sales, vinyl albums reached a six year high, with 341,000 vinyl albums sold in 2011, up 44% compared to 237,000 in 2010. The last time album sales were as high was 2005, when 359,000 vinyl albums were sold.

Radiohead’s 'The King Of Limbs' was the biggest selling vinyl album of the year, ahead of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in second place, and Adele’s '21' in third place. While Beady Eye were on top for seven inch, the band’s debut album, 'Different Gear Still Speeding', was the seventh biggest seller on the vinyl albums chart.

The full breakdown is as follows:

OFFICIAL VINYL SINGLES CHART – 2011
01 THE ROLLER - BEADY EYE
02 MILLIONAIRE - BEADY EYE
03 GLAMOROUS GLUE - MORRISSEY
04 THE BEAT GOES ON - BEADY EYE
05 THE DEATH OF YOU AND ME - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
06 DON'T SIT DOWN 'CAUSE I'VE MOVED YOUR CHAIR  - ARCTIC MONKEYS
07 AKA WHAT A LIFE - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
08 FOUR LETTER WORD - BEADY EYE
09 COME CLOSER - MILES KANE
10 POSTCARDS FROM A YOUNG MAN - MANIC STREET PREACHERS
11 IF YOU WANNA - VACCINES
12 THE BUTCHER/SUPERCOLLIDER - RADIOHEAD
13 STARLITE - PAUL WELLER
14 KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE - QUEEN
15 IF I HAD A GUN - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
16 EVERY TEARDROP IS A WATERFALL - COLDPLAY
17 ALWAYS SEARCHING - TUFF PRODUCTIONS
18 MORNING MR MAGPIE - RADIOHEAD
19 SUCK IT AND SEE - ARCTIC MONKEYS
20 DAYS ARE FORGOTTEN - KASABIAN
© The Official Charts Company 2012.

OFFICIAL 7 INCH SINGLES CHART - 2011
01 THE ROLLER - BEADY EYE
02 MILLIONAIRE - BEADY EYE
03 GLAMOROUS GLUE - MORRISSEY
04 THE BEAT GOES ON - BEADY EYE
05 THE DEATH OF YOU AND ME - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
06 AKA WHAT A LIFE - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
07 FOUR LETTER WORD - BEADY EYE
08 DON'T SIT DOWN 'CAUSE I'VE MOVED YOUR CHAIR - ARCTIC MONKEYS
09 COME CLOSER - MILES KANE
10 POSTCARDS FROM A YOUNG MAN - MANIC STREET PREACHERS
© The Official Charts Company 2012.

OFFICIAL 12 INCH SINGLES CHART - 2011
01 THE BUTCHER/SUPERCOLLIDER - RADIOHEAD
02 STARLITE - PAUL WELLER
03 ALWAYS SEARCHING - TUFF PRODUCTIONS
04 MORNING MR MAGPIE - RADIOHEAD
05 DAYS ARE FORGOTTEN - KASABIAN
06 LITTLE BY LITTLE - RADIOHEAD
07 DON'T SIT DOWN 'CAUSE I'VE MOVED YOUR CHAIR - ARCTIC MONKEYS
08 RE-WIRED - KASABIAN
09 PLASTIC DREAMS - RHYTHM ROBBERS
10 STREET HALO - BURIAL
© The Official Charts Company 2012.

OFFICIAL VINYL ALBUMS CHART - 2011
01 THE KING OF LIMBS - RADIOHEAD
02 NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS - NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
03 21 - ADELE
04 LET ENGLAND SHAKE - PJ HARVEY
05 SUCK IT AND SEE - ARCTIC MONKEYS
06 BON IVER - BON IVER
07 DIFFERENT GEAR STILL SPEEDING - BEADY EYE
08 50 WORDS FOR SNOW - KATE BUSH
09 SUBMARINE - OST - ALEX TURNER
10 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - PINK FLOYD
11 DIRECTOR'S CUT - KATE BUSH
12 NEVERMIND - NIRVANA
13 THE SINGLES COLLECTION 2001-2011 - GORILLAZ
14 MYLO XYLOTO - COLDPLAY
15 BUILD A ROCKET BOYS - ELBOW
16 BACK TO BLACK - AMY WINEHOUSE
17 HELPLESSNESS BLUES - FLEET FOXES
18 WISH YOU WERE HERE - PINK FLOYD
19 GO-GO BOOTS - DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
20 THE QUEEN IS DEAD - SMITHS
© The Official Charts Company 2012.

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