April 6, 2017
2017’s biggest selling single was released in 1977.
Official Charts Company has released its top selling vinyl releases from the first three months of 2017. Unsurprisingly, having become the fastest selling album on vinyl for 20 years, Ed Sheeran’s divisive Divide was this year’s high flyer, shifting 21,000 copies since the start of March.
Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black trails in second place, while David Bowie’s retrospective Legacy completes the podium positions. A study in contrasts, Rag’n’Bone Man comes in fourth with Human, while Beatles’ classic Abbey Road takes fifth spot. As ever the rest of the chart is dominated by catalogue titles and reissues of classic albums, with a handful of new releases (The xx, Bonobo, ATCQ) sprinkled throughout.
The singles charts tell a more damning tale when it comes to new music holding its own, with a 40th anniversary reissue of David Bowie’s ‘Sound & Vision’ the biggest selling single of 2017 so far. As if that wasn’t irrelevant enough a reissue of Buzzcocks’ ‘Spiral Scratch’ comes in a number two, while Blondie’s ‘Fun’ from new album Pollinator comes in third.
You can peruse the charts in full here.