13 Apr 2015

First official vinyl chart launched

8:16 pm on 13 April 2015

Vinyl music is to be given its own separate chart in Britain following the resurgence of the popularity of records.

Shopping for records has seen a surge in popularity.

Shopping for records has seen a surge in popularity. Photo: AFP

The UK's first weekly vinyl chart has been launched by the Official Charts Company as sales of vinyl albums and singles continue to rise.

Some thought that CDs - then MP3s and streaming - would make sales fall, but they reached an 18-year high in 2014, at 1.29 million.

And figures show sales of vinyl albums are set to grow by another 70 percent this year.

The charts company said it was responding to "the huge surge of interest" that has seen vinyl sales climb.

"This isn't just about rock acts targeting men in their forties and fifties - I've got a 15-year-old daughter and her friends have all started to collect vinyl," said chief executive Martin Talbot.

The first official vinyl albums chart was topped by All Time Low's Future Hearts.

Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is 2015's biggest-selling vinyl album so far.

Brit Award-winners Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys also feature in the top 10 of the year.

Bestselling singles include David Bowie's Young Americans and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' hit Uptown Funk.

The new weekly vinyl albums and singles charts will be published on the Official Charts Company website.


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