Official Record Store Chart

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Colour photograph of the outside of a Rough Trade Records store in London.
Music retailers Rough Trade are one of almost 100 records stores that submit sales details for the Official Record Store Chart.

The Official Record Store Chart is a weekly music chart based on physical sales of albums in almost 100 independent record stores in the United Kingdom, such as Rough Trade, Rounder Records, Jumbo and Sound It Out.[1][2] It is compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC), and each week's number one is first announced on Friday evenings on the OCC's official website.

The chart's launch was first announced by the OCC on 17 April 2012[3] – at the time, British record stores were selling 4.5 million albums per year, and were contributing towards 95 per cent of the country's total vinyl sales.[4] However, music downloads held a considerable share of the albums market, leading to a decline in the number of outlets.[5] In promoting the chart, Martin Talbot, managing director of the OCC, remarked that he could see the benefits to both digital and physical album sales, but that there was "nothing nicer than the smell and feel of a nice chunky vinyl".[4]

The Official Record Store Chart was first broadcast by British DJ Steve Lamacq on his eponymous radio programme on BBC 6 Music; the first number one was Boys & Girls, the debut studio album by American band Alabama Shakes.[6] Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade, the label that distributed Boys & Girls, stated that he was "very proud" that his label had achieved this feat.[7]

The first Official Record Store Chart was announced on Friday 20 April 2012, five days later than normal, to coincide with the eve of the UK's fourth annual Record Store Day, an international initiative founded to encourage purchases at record shops.[8] Talbot explained that the purpose of the chart was to "help spread the Record Store Day word throughout the year".[4]

Best-selling albums in record stores by year[edit]

Year Album Artist Record label Ref.
2012 Babel Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road/Island [9]
2013 AM Arctic Monkeys Domino [9]
2014 X Ed Sheeran Asylum [9]
2015 25 Adele XL [9]
2016 Blackstar David Bowie RCA [9]
2017 ÷ Ed Sheeran Asylum [9]
2018 Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Arctic Monkeys Domino [9]
2019 Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 Foals Warner Bros [9]
2020 Ultra Mono Idles Partisan [9]
2021 Blue Weekend Wolf Alice Dirty Hit [9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "New chart for record shop sales". The Independent. Independent News & Media. 18 April 2012. ISSN 0951-9467. OCLC 185201487. Archived from the original on 24 December 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Independent record store chart launched in the UK". London: BBC News. 17 April 2012. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  3. ^ Kreisler, Laura (17 April 2012). "The new Official Record Store Chart is go!". London: Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Jamieson, Sarah (17 April 2012). "Official Charts Company to Begin Official Record Store Chart". UK: This Is Fake DIY. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  5. ^ "New chart for record stores". Sky News. 17 April 2012. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  6. ^ Kreisler, Laura (20 April 2012). "Official Record Store Chart Top 40 unveiled!". London: Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  7. ^ Lane, Dan (20 April 2012). "60 seconds with Geoff Travis – founder of Rough Trade Records". London: Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 29 June 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Chart for independent record sales". UK: MSN Music. 18 April 2012. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Record Store Day: The Official biggest albums in record shops each year 2012–2021". London: Official Charts Company. 25 April 2022.

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