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Vinyl records are back in rotation for charts rundown

By Adam Sherwin

Published 13/04/2015

Vinyl records are making a comeback
Vinyl records are making a comeback

The music charts are going back to the 70s - with the revival of a vinyl countdown.

A 23% surge in vinyl singles sales this year has prompted the Official Charts Company to run a new weekly rundown without digital downloads, CDs, streaming and other formats. Instead, it will reveal the bestselling seven-inch and 12-inch singles sales.

Rock - often missing from today's dance-dominated charts - is currently the most popular choice for vinyl fans.

The best-selling vinyl single of the decade is Life On Mars by David Bowie, a top-three hit in 1973, which was re-released as a 40th anniversary seven-inch.

Noel Gallagher's The High Flying Birds had 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.

Martin Talbot, the chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said yesterday: "With vinyl album sales up by almost 70% already this year, vinyl junkies could well have snapped up two million units by the end of this year - that's an extraordinary number, if you consider sales were one-tenth of that just six years ago."

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