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Top 10 Vinyl Album Bestsellers for 2013: vs. UK Indie Record Shops

Amazon-uk-vinyl-salesLate last week Amazon reported that UK sales of vinyl continue to grow with sales up 100% over this time last year. A related report from the Entertainment Retailers Association showed increased album sales in UK indie record shops for 2013 including 50% of total UK vinyl sales. Looks like a comparison of the top 10 vinyl albums sold by versus those sold by UK indie record stores is in order.

Lots of great news for vinyl enthusiasts coming out of the UK. reports 100% growth in vinyl sales this year over last for the year to date.

They also released one of those nearly unreadable infographics to illustrate the point including the full list of top 20 bestsellers. Top 10 Vinyl Bestsellers for 2013 "To Date"

  1. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  2. David Bowie, The Next Day
  3. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away
  4. Black Sabbath, 13
  5. Queens of the Stone Age, Like Clockwork
  6. Atoms for Peace, Amok
  7. Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City
  8. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
  9. Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
  10. Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day head Paul Firth stated:

"There's the obvious impact of one very big release this year – Daft Punk – but beyond that there's a general support for vinyl amongst the labels right now. Most big releases come with a vinyl edition now, which hasn't always been the case."

He also admitted to the impact of Record Store Day and retailers like Urban Outfitters getting in on the act.

Of course, Record Store Day was created to support vinyl and indie record stores. The Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) recently reported a 44% increase of overall album sales for the first 6 months of 2013 over the first 6 of 2012. This growth was attributed to the combination of Record Store Day and the vinyl resurgence.

UK indie record shops are said to account for 50% of vinyl sales in the UK.

UK Indie Record Shops: Top 10 UK Vinyl Bestsellers, First Half 2013

  1. David Bowie, The Next Day
  2. Boards of Canada, Tomorrow's Harvest
  3. Stereophonics, Graffiti On The Train
  4. Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  5. Courteeners, Anna
  6. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away
  7. Atoms For Peace, Amok
  8. Queens Of The Stone Age, Like Clockwork
  9. Frank Turner, Tape Deck Heart
  10. National, Trouble Will Find Me

ERA Chairman Paul Quirk stated:

"These first-half sales figures reveal a stunning result for indie record shops. Although the odds are stacked against them, indies have fought back. With Record Store Day they have created the first major new UK sales promotion for music in 20 years and as consumers re-waken to the joys of analogue, they have driven the growth of vinyl sales."

Lots of positive news here with the major differences between the two top 10 charts being the dominance of major labels at and of indie labels at UK indie record shops.

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