New record store sales chart launches today

OCC Record Store chart logoThe Official Charts Company (OCC) has teamed up with Record Store Day to launch a brand new chart reflecting sales through the UK’s most vibrant independent record shops.

The new albums chart will reflect the music purchased through almost 100 independent record stores across the UK, from London’s Rough Trade to Brighton’s Rounder Records and Avalanche in Edinburgh.

Solely counting physical sales, the very first weekly chart will be unveiled at 5pm today and counted down on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music show from 5pm, as part of the 2012 Record Store Day celebrations this weekend.

Beyond this, the new weekly chart will be revealed at 7pm every Sunday at OfficialCharts.com.

In 2011, independent retailers accounted for 4.4 percent of physical albums sold in stores across the country but were responsible for a phenomenal 95.8 percent of all vinyl albums sold through stores last year, according to the OCC. Meanwhile, sales of vinyl albums increased 43 percent in 2011.

OCC Managing Director Martin Talbot said: ‘Independent record shops are more important than ever in helping introduce music fans to new, interesting music, so we are delighted to be working with the Record Store Day team to launch this chart. A record store is for life, not just for Record Store Day, so we very much hope that the Official Record Store Chart will serve to harness the focus created by Record Store Day and help maintain it week in, week out, through the year.’

Watch the OCC interview below, featuring John Lydon, Gossip and Rough Trade East and Record Store Day organiser Spencer Hickman.

To kick off its new weekly chart, the OCC has released its Official Record Store Chart: Biggest sellers of 2012 to date

1 BORN TO DIE LANA DEL REY POLYDOR
2 OLD IDEAS LEONARD COHEN COLUMBIA
3 21 ADELE XL RECORDINGS
4 WRECKING BALL BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN COLUMBIA
5 EL CAMINO BLACK KEYS NONESUCH
6 A FLASH FLOOD OF COLOUR ENTER SHIKARI AMBUSH REALITY
7 THE LION’S ROAR FIRST AID KIT WICHITA RECORDINGS
8 BLUES FUNERAL MARK LANEGAN BAND 4AD
9 OUR VERSION OF EVENTS EMELI SANDE VIRGIN
10 GIVEN TO THE WILD MACCABEES FICTION

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