To celebrate Record Store Day 2013, we reveal the Top 40 biggest selling albums from the UK’s independent record stores of the last 12 months.
Exactly one year ago this week, the Official Charts Company teamed up with Record Store Day to launch a brand new chart – the Official Record Store Chart, reflecting record sales through 100 of the UK’s coolest and most vibrant independent record shops.
On the eve of Record Store Day 2013, and to celebrate the chart’s first birthday, we can now unveil the Official Record Store Chart 2012-13 – the Top 20 biggest selling albums of the past year in the UK’s independent record shops.
Mumford & Sons, David Bowie and Jack White make the Top 5!
The Official Charts Company reveal Mumford & Sons’ Babel as the biggest selling artist album of the last 12 months in UK indie retailers.
Mumford & Sons found global success in 2012 as the band’s second album, Babel, hit Number 1 around the world including topping the UK’s Official Albums Chart and the US' Billboard Chart, amongst a string of other countries. Babel also became 2012’s fastest selling album on these shores after selling 159,000 copies in its opening week, according to Official Charts Company sales figures.
Babel takes the title of the biggest seller of the year on the Official Record Store Chart, ahead of Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events, which was 2012’s biggest seller across all retailers.
Jack White’s critically acclaimed Blunderbuss, The XX’s Coexist (2012’s biggest selling vinyl release) and Brit icon David Bowie’s The Next Day all rack up Top 5 placings on the best sellers list. See the Top 40 below...
Top Official 40 biggest selling albums from UK’s indie record stores 2012/13
|1||BABEL||MUMFORD & SONS||GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD/ISLAND|
|2||OUR VERSION OF EVENTS||EMELI SANDE||VIRGIN|
|3||BLUNDERBUSS||JACK WHITE||XL RECORDINGS|
|5||THE NEXT DAY||DAVID BOWIE||RCA|
|6||BOYS & GIRLS||ALABAMA SHAKES||ROUGH TRADE|
|7||AN AWESOME WAVE||ALT-J||INFECTIOUS MUSIC|
|8||JAKE BUGG||JAKE BUGG||MERCURY|
|9||PUSH THE SKY AWAY||NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS||BAD SEED|
|10||STANDING AT THE SKY'S EDGE||RICHARD HAWLEY||PARLOPHONE|
|11||COME OF AGE||VACCINES||COLUMBIA|
|12||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY||POLYDOR|
|14||EL CAMINO||BLACK KEYS||NONESUCH|
|16||CELEBRATION DAY||LED ZEPPELIN||ATLANTIC/RHINO/SWANSONG|
|18||FALL TO GRACE||PALOMA FAITH||RCA|
|19||RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME||OLLY MURS||EPIC|
|20||THE VERY BEST OF||NEIL DIAMOND||COLUMBIA|
|22||DJANGO DJANGO||DJANGO DJANGO||BECAUSE MUSIC|
|23||THE LION'S ROAR||FIRST AID KIT||WICHITA RECORDINGS|
|24||TAKE ME HOME||ONE DIRECTION||SYCO MUSIC|
|25||EVERY KINGDOM||BEN HOWARD||ISLAND|
|26||BLOOM||BEACH HOUSE||BELLA UNION|
|27||THE 2ND LAW||MUSE||HELIUM 3/WARNER BROS|
|28||DON'T PANIC||ALL TIME LOW||HOPELESS|
|29||MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY||ROD STEWART||VERVE|
|30||PSYCHEDELIC PILL||NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE||WARNER BROS|
|31||180||PALMA VIOLETS||ROUGH TRADE|
|33||MAGIC OF THE MOVIES||ANDRE RIEU & JOHANN STRAUSS OR||DECCA|
|34||SIGH NO MORE||MUMFORD & SONS||GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD/ISLAND|
|35||IN THE BELLY OF THE BRAZEN BULL||CRIBS||WICHITA RECORDINGS|
|38||TAKE THE CROWN||ROBBIE WILLIAMS||ISLAND|
|39||UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX||BRUNO MARS||ATLANTIC|
© 2013 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
About the Official Record Store Chart
The Official Record Store Chart is published every Sunday at 7pm at www.officialcharts.com, reflecting the cutting edge music purchased through independent record stores the length and breadth of the UK.
Counting purely physical sales, the panel surveys record shops including London’s Rough Trade, Sister Ray, Phonica, Manchester’s Piccadilly Records, Rise Records, Banquet Records (Kingston), Crash Records (Leeds), Spillers (Cardiff), Coda (Edinburgh), Rise (Bristol), Reflex (Newcastle), Head and many, many more!
Heart Your Local Record Shop!
To celebrate the nation’s record retailers, the Official Chart Company has also launched a new campaign for Record Store Day 2013 – under the tagline, 'Heart Your Local Record Shop'. Badges and stickers are being distributed through a selection of the UK’s biggest independent record shops tomorrow.
A vinyl word...
In 2012, vinyl sales across the board surged by more than 15% to 389,000, with sales now at their highest level since 2004. Q1 of 2013 has seen a further increase year on year of 78%.
It is worth noting that independent record shops accounted for 3% of all artist albums sold physically in the UK in 2012, however these indie retailers contributed to a disproportionate 38% of all vinyl album sales!