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Vinyl sales have been increasing over the last few years and to that end the UK’s Official Charts company has launched the UK’s first vinyl-only chart.

Starting this week – just in time for Record Store Week – the Official Charts Company will launch a new top 40 chart which will track both 7″ and 12″ sales.

“We’re delighted to launch the UK’s first Official Vinyl Albums and Official Vinyl Singles charts on OfficialCharts.com, to coincide with Record Store Day this coming weekend. With vinyl album sales up by almost 70% already this year, vinyl junkies could well have snapped up 2 million units by the end of this year – an extraordinary number, if you consider sales were one-tenth of that just six years ago. This growth underlines the continuing resurgence of this much-loved format, whether you’re a fan of Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, Led Zeppelin or David Bowie,” said Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company.

Vinyl sales might be increasing but the format still only represents around 1.6% of music sales in the UK, and sales are expected to increase again this year with albums up 69% and singles up 23% so far.

Official Vinyl Albums Chart Top 10, 12 April 2015 – 18 April 2015

1 Future Hearts – All Time Low
2 Undertow – Drenge
3 Carrie & Lowell – Sufjan Stevens
4 Two Hands – Turbowolf
5 The Day Is My Enemy – Prodigy
6 Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett
7 Duets – Re-working The Catalogue – Van Morrison
8 Culture Of Volume – East India Youth
9 Fast Food – Nadine Shah
10 Chaos And The Calm – James Bay

Official Vinyl Singles Chart Top 10, 12 April 2015 – 18 April 2015

1 Baby Wants To Ride – Underworld Vs Heller & Farley Smith
2 Marchromt30a – Aphex Twin
3 To My Brother – Swim Deep
4 Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
5 Shout – Lulu
6 Distant Past – Everything Everything
7 Young Americans – David Bowie
8 I’ll Be There – Chic & Nile Rodgers
9 T-Shirt Weather – Circa Waves
10 Hearts And Bones – Toseland

Official Vinyl Albums Chart – Q1 2015

1 Chasing Yesterday – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying
2 Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin
3 AM – Arctic Monkeys
4 Royal Blood – Royal Blood
5 The Race For Space – Public Service Broadcasting
6 Shadows In The Night – Bob Dylan
7 The Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
8 Lost In The Dream – War On Drugs
9 Happy People – Peace
10 Four Symbols – Led Zeppelin

Official Vinyl Singles Chart – Q1 2015

1 Ballad Of The Mighty I – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying
2 The Dying Of The Light – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying
3 Young Americans – David Bowie
4 Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
5 Hope For The Future – Paul Mccartney
6 The Hunter – Slaves
7 Cut Me And I’ll Bleed – Blossoms
8 Handsome – Vaccines
9 In The Heat Of The Moment – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying
10 I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want – Twilight Sad

Andrew Rafter

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