Palma Violets top Official Record Store Chart

Palma Violets’ 180 was the most purchased album in the nation’s independent record stores last week.

Palma Violets’ 180 was the most purchased album in the nation’s independent record stores last week.

Palma Violets have gone straight in at Number 1 on the Official Record Store Chart with their debut album 180.

The London indie rockers’ first full-length release has outsold the likes of former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr’s debut solo album, The Messenger (Number 2) and Amok (Number 3) by rock supergroup Atoms For Peace, who feature by members of Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers among their ranks.

The Official Record Store Chart was launched in April of last year by the Official Charts Company and the organizers of Record Store Day UK to reflect sales of the UK’S coolest and most vibrant independent record shops.

Last week’s chart topper, Nick Cave And The Bad SeedsPush The Sky Away, falls three places to Number 4, while Mogwai’s Les Revenants OST (Number 5) completes this week’s Top 5.

New Entries

In addition to Palma Violets180 (Number 1), Johnny Marr’s The Messenger (Number 2), Atoms For Peace’s Amok (Number 3) and Mogwai’s Les Revenants OST (Number 5), there are 15 new entries on this week’s Official Record Store Chart Top 40.

Porcupine Tree guitarist Steven Wilson is new in at Number 6 with his latest solo album, The Raven That Refused To Sing, closely followed by Nashville singer/songwriter Caitlin Rose’s The Stand-In (Number 6).

Leamington Spa indie rockers Post War Years debut at Number 9 with their new album, Galapagos, while Keaton Henson’s Birthdays is at Number 20. The Very Best Of Neil Diamond enters the Official Record Store Chart at Number 22, followed by Gary Clark JR’s Black And Blu at 23.

This week’s new entries are completed by Petula Clark’s Lost In You (27), Josh Groban’s All That Echoes (28), Pissed JeansHoneys (29), Ed Harcourt’s Back Into The Woods (30), Alice Russell’s To Dust (31), Goat’s World Music (33) and the vinyl re-issues of Iron Maiden’s classic albums Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (32) and Somewhere In Time (39).

You can see the Official Record Store Chart Top 40 in full here.

Record Store Day

This year’s Record Store Day is set to take place on Saturday, April 20. Head on over to www.recordstoreday.co.uk to find your nearest independent record shop!