The best vinyl sales figures in a decade announced; Mogwai and Arctic Monkeys lead the way





Originally published on FACT.

The Scottish rock titans score the biggest selling vinyl record released this year.

To coincide with Saturday’s Record Store Day festivities, the Official Charts Company has revealed the UK’s top-selling vinyl albums of the year so far.

The top spot is occupied by Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album AM, which was released last year but has continued to shift units following the band’s BRIT Awards wins.

Rather more excitingly, at number two – and the biggest selling vinyl album to be released this year – is Mogwai’s Rave Tapes, which broke the UK’s Top 10 when it came out back in January.

Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes is at number three, followed by Elbow’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything and Warpaint’s self-titled second album.

Last year 790,000 vinyl albums were sold in the UK, but 2014 is already more than one-third of the way to that target after 15 weeks, according to the Official Charts Company, who predict sales will hit around 900,000 for the full year if they continue at the current rate.

Mogwai are currently rustling up a deluxe reissue of their 1999 album Come On Die Young, bundling together a mammoth 17 additional tracks. The hardworking band also have a new EP in the works, set for release in autumn.

The top 20 biggest selling vinyl albums of 2014 so far:

1 AM, Arctic Monkeys
2 Rave Tapes, Mogwai
3 High Hopes, Bruce Springsteen
4 The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, Elbow
5 Warpaint, Warpaint
6 Kiss Me Once, Kylie Minogue
7 Sun Structures, Temples
8 Love Letters, Metronomy
9 So Long See You Tomorrow, Bombay Bicycle Club
10 Going Back Home, Wilko Johnson/roger Daltrey
11 Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not, Arctic Monkeys
12 Morning Phase, Beck
13 The Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd
14 Present Tense, Wild Beasts
15 Lost In The Dream, War On Drugs
16 If You Wait, London Grammar
17 Cavalier Youth, You Me At Six
18 Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
19 Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
20 Atlas, Real Estate