Record Store Day and The New Record Store Chart

Record Store Day 2012

So, it’s finally here, today is Record Store Day 2012 and there’s plenty going on around Bristol’s independent (and slightly less independent) record shops. Rise Music on Queen’s Road probably have the most going on to celebrate and is thought by many to be one of the country’s best record shops so it’s worth getting down there to support them even if you don’t have a record player. There’s a full run down of their in-store performances here (including Summer Camp, who sold out The Louisiana recently) and a comprehensive list of all the special vinyl available here.

Head in Broadmead, Idle Hands on Stokes Croft and Fopp on College Green will all be getting in on the action and others have already covered that but one thing that’s not been talked about much is the other 364 days of the year. As a way to maintain the momentum beyond just this one day, just under 100 independent record stores across the country are now going to be contributing their album sales data to The Official Record Store Chart.

Counting physical sales only, the new weekly chart will be revealed at 7pm every Sunday and should make for an interesting comparison with the wider official album chart to see the difference in tastes between those who still like to go to an actual shop and buy an actual physical object and those who have been tempted away by the cheaper prices of (alleged tax-dodgers) Amazon and iTunes. I imagine the record store chart will be a much more useful guide in finding good new music.

Anyway, here it is, the first Official Record Store Chart Top Ten (compiled from sales this week)…

  1. BOYS & GIRLS – ALABAMA SHAKES
  2. 21 – ADELE
  3. THE MARBLE DOWNS – TREMBLING BELLS
  4. A&E – GRAHAM COXON
  5. A WASTELAND COMPANION – M WARD
  6. BORN TO DIE – LANA DEL REY
  7. DEATH – JIM LOCKEY & THE SOLEMN SUN
  8. EL CAMINO – BLACK KEYS
  9. LOCKED DOWN – DR JOHN
  10. PORT OF MORROW – SHINS

Well done to Trinity who’ve got both Graham Coxon (from Blur) and Trembling Bells booked in for the next few weeks (tickets still available for both through those links).

To finish, here are some interesting Record Store Day statistics for you trivia fans…

  • In 2011 independent retailers accounted for 4.4% of physical albums sold in stores across the country (more than 2.5m albums)…
  • …but 95.8% of all vinyl albums sold last year in shops were sold by independents
  • In 2011, sales of vinyl albums increased by 43% on the previous year which was a six year high

…and here’s another interesting chart to end…

The Official Record Store Chart: Biggest sellers of 2012 to date

  1. BORN TO DIE – LANA DEL REY
  2. OLD IDEAS – LEONARD COHEN
  3. 21 – ADELE
  4. WRECKING BALL – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  5. EL CAMINO – BLACK KEYS
  6. A FLASH FLOOD OF COLOUR – ENTER SHIKARI
  7. THE LIONS ROAR – FIRST AID KIT
  8. BLUES FUNERAL – MARK LANEGAN BAND
  9. OUR VERSION OF EVENTS – EMELI SANDE
  10. GIVEN TO THE WILD – MACCABEES