Alabama Shakes have topped the first ever Record Store Chart with their debut album ‘Boys And Girls’.
The chart, which launches today (April 20), is calculated on physical sales from independent record shops and is being overseen by the Official Charts Company.
The Georgia band’s debut came out on top this week, narrowly ahead of Adele‘s ’21’, which is Number Two and Trembling Bells‘ ‘The Marble Downs’, which is Number Three.
Graham Coxon is at Number Four with ‘A+E’, with M.Ward at Number Five with ‘A Wasteland Companion’ and Lana Del Rey at Number Six with ‘Born To Die’. Jim Lockey And The Solemn Sun, The Black Keys, Dr John and The Shins make up the rest of the Top 10.
Speaking about Alabama Shakes’ chart success, Geoff Travis, who runs the band’s label Rough Trade, said: “We are very proud that we have not entirely lost our musical marbles. Alabama Shakes deserve every accolade and success that may come their way. They do it right. Independent record stores are very important. They are staffed by people who feel the same way about music that we do and therefore can spread the gospel. Personal contact beats cyberspace every time.”
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 now and available digitally.
Alabama Shakes are playing at this year’s T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.