New Official Record Store chart to launch this week

Also, find out which album has sold the most in independent record stores so far in 2012

New Official Record Store chart to launch this week
A new chart comprised from the sales of albums sold in independent record stores is to be launched on Friday (April 17).

The chart will be run alongside the Official UK Albums and Singles Chart by the Official Charts Company. It will be entirely calculated on physical sales from independent record shops.

The first ever chart will be unveiled at 5pm (GMT) on Friday (April 20) and will be counted down on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music show between 5-6pm. Following this, the new weekly chart will be revealed at 7pm every Sunday at the Official Charts Company's official website.

Speaking about the launch of the chart, Official Charts Company Managing Director Martin Talbot said: "Independent record shops are more important than ever in helping introduce music fans to new, interesting music, so we are delighted to be working with the Record Store Day team to launch this chart."

He continued:

A record store is for life, not just for Record Store Day, so we very much hope that the Official Record Store Chart will serve to harness the focus created by Record Store Day and help maintain it week in, week out, through the year.

Record Store Day organiser Spencer Hickman said: "Record Store Day is a worldwide celebration of record shops and their unique position that they have in their local community. The idea of the Official Record Store Chart is to take Record Store Day and keep it in people's minds throughout the whole year. It will give a true representation of physical sales across all the indie stores up and down the country."

So far in 2012, Lana Del Rey's debut album 'Born To Die' has been the highest seller, just in front of Leonard Cohen and Adele. However the likes of First Aid Kit, Mark Lanegan Band and The Black Keys, who are not regular features of the regular top 20, are also among the year's biggest sellers.

The 10 biggest selling albums from independent record stores in 2012 so far are as follows:

1. Lana Del Rey – 'Born To Die'
2. Leonard Cohen – 'Old Ideas'
3. Adele – '21'
4. Bruce Springsteen – 'Wrecking Ball'
5. The Black Keys – 'El Camino'
6. Enter Shikari – 'A Flash Flood Of Colour'
7. First Aid Kit – 'The Lion's Roar'
8. Mark Lanegan Band – 'Blues Funeral'
9. Emeli Sande – 'Our Version Of Events'
10. The Maccabees – 'Given To The Wild'

The Official Independent Record Store Chart is being launched to coincide with this year's Record Store Day. For your complete guide to Record Store Day 2012 and for new interviews with Arctic Monkeys, Enter Shikari, The Cribs, The Vaccines, Pete Doherty and others about the records that changed their life, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands from tomorrow (April 18) and available digitally.

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