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Arctic-monkeys-christmasifiedWith vinyl sales up in 2013 in both the U.S. and UK, we're far past the "fad" and "did you know vinyl's back?" phase. Yes, vinyl is back and though it may only be a little over 2% of U.S. album sales it's a growing figure that's benefiting specific sectors of the industry as well as music fans and collectors. There was plenty of great cover art and many excellent releases now recognized in end of year lists which we share below.

Top Selling Vinyl

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Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

U.S. - 2013 Top Ten Selling Vinyl Albums

1. DAFT PUNK - RANDOM ACCESS MEORIES

2. VAMPIRE WEEKEND - MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY

3. ARCADE FIRE - REFLEKTOR

4. MUMFORD & SONS - BABEL

5. MUMFORD & SONS - SIGH NO MORE

6. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - ...LIKE CLOCKWORK

7. BON IVER - FOR EMMA FOREVER AGO

8. LUMINEERS - LUMINEERS

9. THE NATIONAL - TROUBLE WILL FIND ME

10. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - 20/20 EXPERIENCE

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Arctic Monkeys - AM

UK - The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums Of 2013

1. ARCTIC MONKEYS - AM

2. DAFT PUNK - RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES

3. THE NEXT DAY DAVID BOWIE

4. TOMORROW'S HARVEST BOARDS OF CANADA

5. LIKE CLOCKWORK QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

6. REFLEKTOR ARCADE FIRE

7. MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY VAMPIRE WEEKEND

8. TROUBLE WILL FIND ME THE NATIONAL

9. AMOK ATOMS FOR PEACE

10. PUSH THE SKY AWAY NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

Best Cover Art

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Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - Repent Replenish Repeat

Cover art is a huge part of the appeal of record albums and the Best Art Vinyl 2013 list (via @hifidelics) is a nice way to see some outstanding examples.

NME shares an impressive artistic effort with 15 Album Covers From 2013 Christmasified including the opening thumbnail above of the Christmasified "AM" cover. They're more Christmasier!

NME also provides a more straightforward Top 40 Album Sleeves of 2013.

Over at Popular Photography they're asking for your help in updating The 100 Best Album Cover Photos Ever.

Top Vinyl Releases

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Lonnie Holley - Keeping A Record Of It

The Vinyl Factory presents a 5 part Top Vinyl Releases of 2013.

Noisecreep weights in with 10 Best Vinyl Releases of 2013.

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