Ed Sheeran had quite the 2017, didn't he? Not only has he dominated the Official Singles and Album Chart, but he’s also managed to bag himself the year’s best-selling vinyl, too.
Released on March 3, Ed’s third album ÷ tops the year-end chart for vinyl albums, with 51,700 units sold. Not far behind Ed at Number 2 is Liam Gallagher, whose debut solo album As You Were claims 2017’s biggest selling debut LP with 37,000 copies sold on the format. Liam's solo debut also became the fastest-selling vinyl in 25 years, shifting 16,000 copies in one week.
The news comes as the record labels' association, the BPI, revealed that sales of vinyl were up 26.8%, a tenth consecutive year of growth, with 4.1 million purchased in 2017 compared to 205,000 in 2007. Vinyl sales now account for almost 1 in 10 of all physical music sales.
Rounding out the year-end vinyl albums Top 3 is Fleetwood Mac’s classic album Rumours, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary this year. Proving its timelessness, Rumours sold 35,00 copies on black plastic in 2017.
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Liam Gallagher with his Official Number 1 Award for As You Were.
Of all the new albums that were released in 2017, 12 make it on to the Official Top 40 biggest selling vinyl albums. Among those are Rag’n’Bone Man, Foo Fighters, The XX, Royal Blood and Kasabian, who round out the Top 40.
Thanks, in part, to several vinyl reissues, classic albums are proving as popular as ever on vinyl. Both Radiohead’s OK Computer, which was re-released on vinyl this year to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and the Beatles’ 50th anniversary reissue of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band made the Top 20.
The re-release of Prince & The Revolution’s Purple Rain OST, which included a number of unheard tracks from the Paisley Park vaults, also helped the album crack the Top 40, as did a reissue of the Smiths’ The Queen of Dead, which had been remastered for 2017 and featured a second disc of extra recordings.
Among those artists no longer with us who scaled the Top 40 were David Bowie and Amy Winehouse, whose 2006 album Black To Black finishes at Number 5 with 32,000 copies sold, making it the biggest selling vinyl by a female artist this year. Amy is also the only solo female act to chart in the Top 40.
Bowie’s latest greatest hits collection, Legacy, rounds out the Top 10, while both The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory both hit Numbers 20 and 30 respectively.
David Bowie also proved popular on the vinyl singles chart, too. Not only did he claim Number 1 with the No Plan EP, but the icon has three more songs in the Top 10 - Heroes (3), Sound and Vision (6) and Be My Wife (8).
Liam Gallagher also makes an appearance at Number 4 with his debut solo single Wall of Glass, as does his brother’s band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, with their single Holy Mountain (10).
Meanwhile, new releases by Morrissey, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, U2 and Thunder all made the Top 20. Morrissey’s former band The Smiths hit Number 2 with a reissue of their 1986 single The Queen is Dead.
Other surprising entries on the Vinyl Singles Chart Top 40 come in the shape of Toto’s Africa (a limited edition Record Store Day release) and Madonna’s Into The Groove.
The Official Top 40 biggest selling vinyl albums of 2017:
|2||AS YOU WERE||LIAM GALLAGHER|
|4||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1||ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK|
|5||BACK TO BLACK||AMY WINEHOUSE|
|7||THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON||PINK FLOYD|
|8||SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND||BEATLES|
|9||WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY||OASIS|
|12||LEGEND||BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS|
|13||WHO BUILT THE MOON||NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING|
|14||THE STONE ROSES||STONE ROSES|
|18||UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK||NIRVANA|
|19||GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 2||ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK|
|20||THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST||DAVID BOWIE|
|21||HATFUL OF HOLLOW||SMITHS|
|23||THE QUEEN IS DEAD||SMITHS|
|24||WISH YOU WERE HERE||PINK FLOYD|
|26||PURPLE RAIN - OST||PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION|
|27||THE THRILL OF IT ALL||SAM SMITH|
|29||APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION||GUNS N' ROSES|
|30||HUNKY DORY||DAVID BOWIE|
|31||HOW DID WE GET SO DARK||ROYAL BLOOD|
|32||GREATEST HITS||FOO FIGHTERS|
|33||GREATEST HITS||FLEETWOOD MAC|
|34||ALL OVER THE WORLD - THE VERY BEST OF||ELO|
|35||VILLAINS||QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE|
|36||PULP FICTION||ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK|
|37||CONCRETE AND GOLD||FOO FIGHTERS|
|38||I SEE YOU||XX|
|40||FOR CRYING OUT LOUD||KASABIAN|
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The Official Top 40 biggest selling vinyl singles of 2017:
|1||NO PLAN||DAVID BOWIE|
|2||THE QUEEN IS DEAD||SMITHS|
|4||WALL OF GLASS||LIAM GALLAGHER|
|5||INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE||PINK FLOYD|
|6||SOUND AND VISION||DAVID BOWIE|
|7||THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE||SMITHS|
|8||BE MY WIFE||DAVID BOWIE|
|9||SPENT THE DAY IN BED||MORRISSEY|
|10||HOLY MOUNTAIN||NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING|
|11||EVERYTHING NOW||ARCADE FIRE|
|12||JACKY'S ONLY HAPPY WHEN SHE'S UP ON THE||MORRISSEY|
|13||RED HILL MINING TOWN||U2|
|15||STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER||BEATLES|
|16||YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO||KASABIAN|
|19||LITTLE RED CORVETTE||PRINCE|
|21||WOO SE MAMA||PAUL WELLER|
|22||INTO THE GROOVE||MADONNA|
|23||INNER CITY LIFE||GOLDIE PTS METALHEADS|
|24||MOTHER ETHIOPIA - PT 1||STONE FOUNDATION/PAUL WELLER|
|25||WITHOUT YOU I'M NOTHING||PLACEBO FT DAVID BOWIE|
|26||WE CAN'T STOP WHAT'S COMING||THE THE|
|27||THINKING OF A PLACE||WAR ON DRUGS|
|28||WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS||QUEEN|
|29||YOUR LOVE ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH||MANIC STREET PREACHERS|
|31||UNDERTOW||PET SHOP BOYS|
|32||ITCHYCOO PARK||SMALL FACES|
|34||MOMENTS IN LOVE||ART OF NOISE|
|35||COMFORT OF STRANGERS||BASTILLE|
|36||AUGUST & SEPTEMBER||ELBOW|
|37||ONE TEAR||PAUL WELLER|
|38||VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR||BUGGLES|
|40||OH PRETTY WOMAN||ROY ORBISON|
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