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 Sunday 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]

Number ones[edit]

Key
No. nth album to top the Official Record Store Chart
re Return of an album to number one
dagger Best-selling album of the year in record stores
Contents
2012 • 2013
No. Artist[a] Album[a] Record label[b] Reached number one[a] Weeks at
number one[a]
1 Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls Rough Trade 20 April 2012 1
2 Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light Double Six 22 April 2012 1
3 White, JackJack White Blunderbuss XL 29 April 2012 1
4 Mystery Jets Radlands Rough Trade 6 May 2012 1
5 Cribs, TheThe Cribs In the Belly of the Brazen Bull Wichita 13 May 2012 1
6 Hawley, RichardRichard Hawley Standing at the Sky's Edge Parlophone 20 May 2012 1
7 Saint Etienne Words and Music by Saint Etienne UMC 27 May 2012 1
8 Sigur Rós Valtari Parlophone 3 June 2012 1
9 Barlow, GaryGary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band Sing Decca 10 June 2012 1
10 Hot Chip In Our Heads Domino 17 June 2012 1
11 Can Lost Tapes, TheThe Lost Tapes Spoon 24 June 2012 1
12 Linkin Park Living Things Warner Bros. 1 July 2012 1
13 King Blues, TheThe King Blues Long Live the Struggle Transmission 8 July 2012 1
14 Faulkner, NewtonNewton Faulkner Write It On Your Skin Ugly Truth 15 July 2012 2
15 Gaslight Anthem, TheThe Gaslight Anthem Handwritten Mercury 29 July 2012 1
16 Maynard, ConorConor Maynard Contrast Parlophone 5 August 2012 1
re Gaslight Anthem, TheThe Gaslight Anthem Handwritten Mercury 12 August 2012 1
17 Spector Enjoy It While It Lasts Fiction 19 August 2012 1
18 Ware, JessieJessie Ware Devotion Island/PMR 26 August 2012 1
19 Swans Seer, TheThe Seer Young God 2 September 2012 1
20 Vaccines, TheThe Vaccines Come of Age Columbia 9 September 2012 1
21 xx, TheThe xx Coexist Young Turks 16 September 2012 2
22 Mumford & Sons Babel Gentlemen of the Road/Island 30 September 2012 1
23 Muse The 2nd Law Helium 3/Warner 7 October 2012 1
24 All Time Love Don't Panic Hopeless 14 October 2012 1
25 Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Constellation 21 October 2012 1
re Mumford & Sons Babel Gentlemen of the Road/Island 28 October 2012 1
26 Young, NeilNeil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill Warner Bros. 4 November 2012 1
27 Rieu, AndréAndré Rieu & the Johann Strauss Orchestra Magic of the Movies Decca 11 November 2012 1
28 One Direction Take Me Home Syco 18 November 2012 1
29 Led Zeppelin Celebration Day Atlantic/Rhino/Swan Song 25 November 2012 2
30 Murs, OllyOlly Murs Right Place Right Time Epic 9 December 2012 1
31 Sandé, EmeliEmeli Sandé Our Version of Events Virgin 16 December 2012 2
re Mumford & Sons Babel Gentlemen of the Road/Island 30 December 2012 1
re Young, NeilNeil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill Warner Bros. 6 January 2013 2
32 Dutch Uncles Out of Touch in the Wild Memphis Industries 20 January 2013 1
33 I Am Kloot Let It All In Shepherd Moon 27 January 2013 1
34 Biffy Clyro Opposites 14th Floor 3 February 2013 1
35 Frightened Rabbit Pedestrian Verse Atlantic 10 February 2013 1
36 Foals Holy Fire Warner Bros. 17 February 2013 1
37 Cave and the Bad Seeds, NickNick Cave and the Bad Seeds Push the Sky Away Bad Seed 24 February 2013 1
38 Palma Violets 180 Rough Trade 3 March 2013 1
39 Bastille Bad Blood Virgin 10 March 2013 1
40 Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie Next Day, TheThe Next Day dagger RCA 17 March 2013 2
41 Peace In Love Columbia 31 March 2013 1
42 Bring Me the Horizon Sempiternal RCA 7 April 2013 1
43 Scholars Always Lead, Never Follow Banquet 14 April 2013 1
44 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito Polydor 21 April 2013 1
45 Turner, FrankFrank Turner Tape Deck Heart Xtra Mile 28 April 2013 1
46 Seasick Steve Hubcap Music Fiction 5 May 2013 1
47 Savages Silence Yourself Matador 12 May 2013 1
48 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City XL 19 May 2013 1
49 Daft Punk Random Access Memories Columbia 26 May 2013 2
50 Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork Matador 9 June 2013 1
51 Beady Eye BE Columbia 16 June 2013 1
52 Sigur Rós Kveikur XL 23 June 2013 1
53 Odell, TomTom Odell Long Way Down Columbia 30 June 2013 1
54 Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt Wichita 7 July 2013 1
re Daft Punk Random Access Memories Columbia 14 July 2013 1
55 Pet Shop Boys Electric x2 21 July 2013 1
56 Fuck Buttons Slow Focus ATP 28 July 2013 1
57 AlunaGeorge Body Music Island 4 August 2013 1
58 Swim Deep Where the Heaven Are We RCA 11 August 2013 1
59 White Lies Big TV Fiction 18 August 2013 1
60 King Krule 6 Feet Beneath the Moon XL 25 August 2013 1
61 Franz Ferdinand Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Domino 1 September 2013 1
62 1975, TheThe 1975 1975, TheThe 1975 Dirty Hit/Polydor 8 September 2013 1
63 Arctic Monkeys AM Domino 15 September 2013 3
64 Haim Days Are Gone Polydor 6 October 2013 1
65 dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip Repent Replenish Repeat Sunday Best 13 October 2013 1
66 Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt EMI 20 October 2013 1
re Arctic Monkeys AM Domino 27 October 2013 1
67 Arcade Fire Reflektor Sonovox 3 November 2013 1
  1. ^ a b c d The artist, album, date of reaching number one and number of weeks at number one are those given by the OCC.[9][10]
  2. ^ The record labels are those given by the OCC.[11]

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 3 May 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 3 May 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 3 May 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 3 May 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 3 May 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 3 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chart for independent record sales". UK: MSN Music. 18 April 2012. Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "2012 Top 40 Official Record Store Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "2013 Top 40 Official Record Store Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Artist Chart History". London: Official Charts Company. 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 

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