Vinyl chart launched as sales soar
It's the vinyl countdown - soaring sales of traditional singles and albums will now be tracked in their own separate chart.
An official vinyl chart has been launched that will track the popularity of the best-selling singles and albums every week.
Vinyl - which at one point looked close to extinction in the face of CDs and streaming - has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years and l ast year saw vinyl LP sales reach a 20-year high in the UK at 1.29 million.
The new chart launches today ahead of Record Store Day on Saturday.
Data from the Official Charts Company shows former Oasis star Noel Gallagher dominating vinyl sales in the first quarter of the year.
Gallagher and his band, The High Flying Birds, have the best-selling vinyl single in the first three months of the year with Ballad Of The Mighty I and the best-selling album with Chasing Yesterday.
Other names in the chart include David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Mark Ronson.
Martin Talbot, the chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: " 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."
Gennaro Castaldo, from industry body The BPI, said: " With sales of vinyl albums at their highest level since the heady days of Britpop and growing, the introduction of an Official Vinyl Chart at this time makes perfect sense. The chart will not only help us to better understand which artists and type of music are driving this resurgence, but will also help guide a new generation of younger, but emotionally-engaged, fans as they contemplate the vinyl delights that await them."