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Happy 1st birthday to the UK’s Official Vinyl Charts!

Revealed: David Bowie’s Blackstar is the biggest selling vinyl album of the past 12 months

Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to the Official Charts Company, online
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Happy 1st birthday to the UK’s Official Vinyl Charts! 

Revealed: David Bowie’s Blackstar is the biggest selling vinyl album of the past 12 months 

 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds claim three of Britain’s Top 5 selling singles on vinyl


One year ago this week, the Official Charts Company launched the UK’s first ever - and only - dedicated weekly Official Vinyl Charts, published exclusively on OfficialCharts.com. 52 weeks on and David Bowie’s legendary legacy has left its mark on the 7” and 12” world.

Just in time for Record Store Day 2016, OfficialCharts.com can reveal the standout statistics from the first 365 days of the Official Vinyl Charts’ life, unveiling the best-selling releases of both the Official Vinyl Albums Chart and Official Vinyl Singles Chart.

The charts were launched last April following seven consecutive years of vinyl growth in Britain, and over the past 12 months a cool 2.39 million vinyl albums have been snapped up in the UK plus a further 222,000 singles on 7” and 12”. (See today’s new market analysis by the BPI for vinyl volume growth in 2016).

As the charts celebrate their first birthday, topping the best-selling vinyl albums tally in the first year is David Bowie. Following his untimely death in January 2016, several of his albums were reissued in vinyl formats and his latest album Blackstar soared to the top spot multiple times. Bowie’s twenty-fifth and final album spent the longest time at Number 1, logging six weeks at the helm.

Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream was the first vinyl album to spend two weeks at Number 1 (consecutively) while Adele’s 25 was also successful, managing a non-consecutive four weeks at the top.

42 acts reached the Number 1 spot over the course of the year, a mix of independent and major label releases ranging from Amy Winehouse and Jamie XX to Wolf Alice, John Grant, The Coral, Jeff Lynne’s ELO and The 1975.

Over on the Official Vinyl Singles Chart, 41 different tracks have hit Number 1 in the year since its inception. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BirdsRiverman was the biggest selling vinyl single, while two of their other releases Lock All The Doors (2) and The Dying of the Light (4) chart within the Top 5.

David Bowie left an impression on the vinyl singles rundown too, with four of his back catalogue in the Top 10 best performers: Golden Years (3), Space Oddity (5), Fame (6) and Changes (8). Those four tracks all hit the top spot, keeping Bowie at the chart’s peak for 12 weeks in total.

Perhaps the most surprising Number 1 vinyl single of the year came courtesy of David Hasselhoff; The Hoff’s ‘80s throwback track True Survivor from the Kickstarter-funded short Kung Fury clinched the top spot for one week in July.

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company comments:

 “As we celebrate the first birthday of the Official Vinyl Charts, it is encouraging to see the resurgence of this much-loved format continuing at pace in 2016. It is entirely fitting that Bowie’s final release, Blackstar, is the album that Britain’s vinyl shoppers have taken to their heart in droves so far this year, proving the Starman’s lasting impact on the charts, and the nation’s record collections, for undoubtedly many more years to come.”

Kim Bayley of the Entertainment Retailers Association who organise Record Store Day UK comments:

"As Record Store Day approaches its 9th anniversary, the growing appeal of vinyl across generations, young and old, is reflected in the sheer diversity of artists featuring in the past 12 months in the vinyl chart. It's no surprise that with over 230 independent stores participating in this year's event and over 250 labels releasing exclusive vinyl on the day, that Record Store Day has been one of the driving forces behind the vinyl revival and the launch of the Official Vinyl Chart." 

Official Vinyl Albums Chart - year 1– the biggest selling vinyl albums of the past 12 months

Please note, this Top 10 is cleared for media use, please kindly credit Official Charts and link to full list here:  xxxxx

Position

Title

Artist

1

BLACKSTAR

DAVID BOWIE

2

25

ADELE

3

BACK TO BLACK

AMY WINEHOUSE

4

THE STONE ROSES

STONE ROSES

5

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

6

X

ED SHEERAN

7

NEVERMIND

NIRVANA

8

A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS

COLDPLAY

9

AM

ARCTIC MONKEYS

10

ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE

JEFF LYNNE'S ELO

©Official Charts Company 2016

 

 

Official Vinyl Singles Chart - year 1– the biggest selling vinyl singles of the past 12 months
Please note, this Top 10 is cleared for media use, please kindly credit Official Charts and link to full list here: xxxx

Position

Title

Artist

1

RIVERMAN

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2

LOCK ALL THE DOORS

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

3

GOLDEN YEARS

DAVID BOWIE

4

THE DYING OF THE LIGHT

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

5

SPACE ODDITY

DAVID BOWIE

6

FAME

DAVID BOWIE

7

Y'ALL DOOMED

BLUR

8

CHANGES

DAVID BOWIE

9

WRITING'S ON THE WALL

SAM SMITH

10

SATURNS PATTERN

PAUL WELLER

©Official Charts Company 2016

 

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Notes to Editors
Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to the Official Charts Company, onlineoutlets please link to: http://www.officialcharts.com/p/8906

Information:
Lauren Kreisler, Official Charts Company: lauren@officialcharts.com | 07789 886263

Megan Page, Record Store Day Coordinator/Entertainment Retailers Association: megan@eraltd.org 07508020909

About Official Charts Company
The Official Charts Company are the providers of the UK's only official music and video charts, as seen at OfficialCharts.com, on BBC Radio 1, MTV, Music Week, The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Star and many more. Compiling its charts purely from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK singles market; 98% of the total UK albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.

The Official Charts Company is a joint venture between record labels' body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The Official Charts Company are responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK's industry standard music charts and industry sales data.

About OfficialCharts.com
The all-new mobile responsive OfficialCharts.com is the online home of the UK’s Official Charts, delivering exclusive breaking chart news, video interviews with the week’s Official Number 1 artist, hot new releases and competitions to 2.7 million of the UK’s biggest chart fans monthly.

As well as providing exclusive access to the full Official Singles and Official Albums Chart Top 100 and Vinyl Charts, plus official charts for Rock, RnB, Dance, the site now features the biggest chart archive of its kind anywhere in the world. Over 35,000 charts and 16,000 dedicated artist hubs. We know the success of your favourite artists matters, so now you can discover at-a-glance Official Chart career stats for every act ever charted, re-crunched weekly! We believe it’s a world-first in terms of its functionality and best of all, access to it is completely free. You can also search the Official Charts archive by date, artist, song, album title or keyword.

This is just the beginning of what we hope will be a fantastic and invaluable resource for fans, students, record collectors, chart watchers, journalists and historians; from vinyl to streaming, OfficialCharts.com celebrates both the rich heritage and bright future of the UK's Official Charts - the only charts that count.

Tune into the Official Charts
The Official Chart with Greg James, Fridays 4 - 5.45pm, BBC Radio 1; BBC Radio 1 can be found on 97-99FM; on DAB Radio; online at bbc.co.uk/radio1; and on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat.

The Official Chart Update with Greg James, Mondays 5.30 - 5.45pm, gives music fans a weekly sneak preview of the Official Singles and Albums Charts, providing a "half-time" bulletin on his BBC Radio 1 Show, letting music fans in on who is leading the way in the Official Singles & Albums Charts ahead of the Friday Official Chart announcement. The Update reveals how the runners and riders are selling and streaming in the first three days of the chart week (Friday through to Sunday), outlining the hottest new tracks of the week so far, as well as the new entries and highest climbers.BBC Radio 1 can be found on 97-99FM; on DAB Radio; online at bbc.co.uk/radio1; and on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat. Plus the Official UK Top 40 on MTV.

 

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