National Album Day launches album artwork exhibition

National Album Day has partnered with Network Rail for ‘The Sounds of…’ exhibitions in the UK’s busiest train stations.

In the lead up to National Album Day on 12 October pop up exhibitions will arrive at London Bridge, Birmingham New Street, Glasgow Central Station and Manchester Piccadilly.

The album lists have been chosen by NAD artist champions Lewis Capaldi, Elbow, Mahalia and Mark Ronson in collaboration with local music critics and independent record stores to reflect the sounds of each part of the UK.

The touring exhibition also includes lists of the best-selling albums since the millennium according to the Official Charts.

Artists that appear more than once in the exhibition include Amy Winehouse, whose albums Frank and Black to Black appear on Mahalia’s list and the London and South best-sellers, and The Cure who appear in the London and South music critic list for Disintegration and the London and South record store pick for Seventeen Seconds.

Other featured artists include Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, Dizzee Rascal, Black Sabbath, Adele, The Stone Roses, The Beatles, Dave, Blur.

The general public will be able to visit the exhibition for free at the following Network Rail stations:

‘The Sounds of Scotland’ – Glasgow Central: 10 to 19 September

‘The Sounds of the North’ – Manchester Piccadilly: 19 to 30 September

‘The Sounds of the Midlands’ – Birmingham New Street: 30 September to 9 October

‘The Sounds of London & the South’ – London’s London Bridge: 9 to 19 October

The lists of albums were decided upon by National Album Day artist champions, music critics, record stores and Official Charts Company chart data:

Scotland – Lewis Capaldi / Fiona Shepherd (music critic, The Scotsman) / Love Music (Glasgow)

The North – Elbow / John Robb (author, critic, broadcaster) / Piccadilly Records (Manchester)

The Midlands – Mahalia / Lyle Bignon (music journalist and Birmingham Music Coalition founder) / The Diskery (Birmingham)

London & The South – Mark Ronson / Roisin O’Connor (music correspondent, Independent) / Resident Music (Brighton)

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