Wax is back
The chart, compiled by the Official Charts Company, comes in the wake of another annual rise in vinyl sales in the UK, with one in every 10 of all physical music purchases being made on vinyl. A total of 4.1 million LPs were purchased in 2017, which marks a rise of 26.8 percent over the last year.
The top 40 is dominated by British artists, with Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher in the two top spots. Rag’n’Bone Man‘s debut album ‘Human’ also joins the top 10, with a number of legacy releases and reissues completing the list.
Check out the UK’s full top 40 best-selling vinyl albums of 2017 here, with the top 10 below.
- ÷ – Ed Sheeran
- As You Were – Liam Gallagher
- Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
- Guardians Of The Galaxy – Awesome Mix 1 Original Soundtrack
- Back To Black – Amy Winehouse
- Human – Rag’N’Bone Man
- The Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
- Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
- What’s The Story Morning Glory – Oasis
- Legacy – David Bowie
Elsewhere, the Chief Executive of record labels’ association the BPI has stated that British music has a ‘very bright’ future following 2017’s promising sales figures.
In a statement, Geoff Taylor – Chief Executive for the BPI and BRIT Awards – said: “Demand for music in the UK is growing fast, driven by brilliant British artists such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Little Mix, Stormzy and Dua Lipa and the innovative music industry that supports them.
“Whilst the rapid growth of streaming and resilient demand for physical formats gives us confidence for the future, it is important to remember that the music industry still has a long way to go to recover fully. Structural challenges must be overcome if long-term growth is to be sustained. First we must continue to fight the ‘Value Gap’, so that all digital platforms pay fairly for their use of music.”
He continued: “Second, Government must ensure our musicians are able to tour freely even after we leave the EU. Finally, we should make the UK the best place to invest in new content by forging an online environment that is safe for consumers and where illegal sites cannot flourish. If we do this, the future for British music, which is already one of our leading exports, will be very bright.”