David Bowie rules the Record Store Day singles and album chart

Three months after the star's death, demand for David Bowie's music is still high.

On Saturday 16 April, vinyl enthusiasts turned out in their thousands to support Record Store Day 2016, a celebration of local indie record shops.

With 500 limited releases by all manner of artists from megastars to cult heroes, plus live performances and special parties to mark the occasion, the ninth Record Store Day was an unmissable event for any devotee of that hallowed black plastic.


Diehard vinyl lovers form an orderly queue outside Resident Records in Brighton (Mike Burnell)

Over 230 independent shops participated in this year’s event and diehard music lovers queued from the early hours in all weathers to get their hands on limited edition vinyl releases from the likes of Madonna, Bowie, T-Rex and even Doctor Who!

Record Store Day 2016 highlighted that the appetite for music by David Bowie shows little sign of slowing since the star's death from cancer in January. Of the 500 limited editions available, David Bowie topped both the Record Store Day singles and album chart with his 7” picture disc TVC 15 and The Man Who Sold the World LP, which featured the original German cover artwork. 


It's the vinyl countdown – South Record Shop in Southend (whitbyphoto.com)

Kim Bayley, CEO of the Entertainment Retailers Association who coordinates Record Store Day in the UK with a board of indie retailers, said of the newcomers: "Record Store Day continues to encourage new entrants to the market with a further 17 independent record shops having opened in UK in the past 12 months. It’s fantastic to see Record Store Day celebrated with the hundreds of parties, performances and one-off events across the UK, with both customers old and new. Here’s to our tenth anniversary next year!"


Rock around the clock and queue around the block – vinyl lovers line up at Banquet Records in Kingston (Sam Haines)

Jon Tolley of Banquet Records in Kingston said: “There’s the people grabbing the classic re-issues from yesteryear, but there’s also countless numbers of younger people picking up music from today’s artists. For some it’s their first time in a record shop, for some it might even be their first time picking up a physical release. It’s a unique atmosphere for customers and staff alike, and there’s a real buzz unlike any other time of the year”.

Record Store Day is all about dedication, and despite the rain (and in some locations snow), the record for the earliest queue-goer was broken by a die-hard Madonna enthusiast named ‘Fat Reg’. Reg took to Square Records in Wimborne from 8.30am Friday morning to get his hands on the reissue of the Japanese release Like A Virgin & Other Big Hits.

See the full Top 20 biggest selling Record Store Day albums

  TITLE ARTIST
1 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD DAVID BOWIE
2 BAD MAGIC MOTORHEAD
3 SMASH HITS JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
4 SONGS BY OTHERS EZRA FURMAN
5 THE ALTERNATE TUSK FLEETWOOD MAC
6 35 YEARS OF ANARCHY CHAOS & DESTRUCTION DAMNED
7 MOSELEY SHOALS OCEAN COLOUR SCENE
8 BORN TO BOOGIE T-REX
9 POSITIVE SONGS FOR NEGATIVE - ACOUSTIC FRANK TURNER
10 PEEL SESSIONS WHITE STRIPES
11 SOLARIZED IAN BROWN
12 LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE - LIVE AT LE METALLICA
13 LIVE AT THE AQUARIUS THEATRE - VOL 1 DOORS
14 GENESIS OF THE DALEKS DOCTOR WHO
15 B-SIDES & RARITIES DEFTONES
16 ARE YOU SATISFIED SLAVES
17 DOWN BY THE JETTY DR FEELGOOD
18 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE FUNKADELIC
19 THUNDER LIGHTNING STRIKE GO TEAM
20 CASANOVA 70 AIR

And while you're here, here's the most popular Record Store Day single releases:

  TITLE ARTIST
1 TVC 15 DAVID BOWIE
2 EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS IRON MAIDEN
3 A DESIGN FOR LIFE MANIC STREET PREACHERS
4 REAPERS MUSE
5 EL MEXICANO NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
6 LIKE A VIRGIN & OTHER BIG HITS MADONNA
7 RAIN FOALS
8 MARCH OF THE RESISTANCE JOHN WILLIAMS
9 THE OTHER SIDE PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
10 GANGSTERVILLE JOE STRUMMER
11 DELILAH FLORENCE & THE MACHINE
12 LIVE FROM MAIDA VALE BRING ME THE HORIZON
13 MELANCHOLY MOOD BOB DYLAN
14 MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND PRIMAL SCREAM
15 I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE SLITS
16 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU ALAN PARTRIDGE
17 SEX DWARF SOFT CELL
18 PACIFIC 808 STATE
19 MY PERFECT COUSIN UNDERTONES
20 PINKISH GERARD WAY

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