David Bowie named top selling artist in 2013 so far in independent record stores

NME will publish the Official Record Store Day Chart each week

David Bowie has been named the top-selling artist of 2013 so far in the UK’s independent record shops.

The Official Record Store Chart reflects sales in the UK’s independent record shops. It was launched as part of last year’s Record Store day, the annual celebration of independent record shops.

The annual chart is compiled of sales of albums from around 100 independent record retailers who participate in Record Store Day UK.


A year to date version of the Official Record Store Chart indicates that despite best-selling albums by Emeli Sande and the cast of Les Miserables over on the Official Albums Chart, in the UK’s independent record outlets, David Bowie, Daft Punk and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds reign supreme. See the full year-to-date Top 20 best sellers of 2013 below.

From this week, latest news about the chart will be announced on NME.com and OfficialCharts.com each Tuesday – with the full Top 40 featuring every week in the new-look NME.

NME editor Mike Williams says, “NME is a huge supporter of independent record stores and Record Store Day, and we’re delighted to incorporate the Official Record Store Chart into the new look NME, which launches this week. The Record Store Chart shines a light on the amazing work done by independent records stores up and down the UK, and celebrates the independent ethos that drives so much of the brilliant music being made in 2013, which is something NME believes in 100 per cent. The fact that it’s compiled just like NME’s original chart which launched in 1952 is an added bonus.”

Official Record Store Chart 2013 year-to-date (January to September)

1. David Bowie ‘The Next Day’
2. Daft Punk ‘Random Access Memories’
3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘Push The Sky Away’
4. Queens Of The Stone Age ‘Like Clockwork’
5. Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’
6. The National ‘Trouble Will Find Me’
7. Boards Of Canada ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’
8. Vampire Weekend ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’
9. Savages ‘Silence Yourself’
10. Mumford & Sons ‘Babel’
11. Jake Bug ‘Jake Bugg’
12. Emeli Sande ‘Our Version Of Events’
13. John Grant ‘Pale Green Ghosts’
14. Atoms For Peace ‘AMOK’
15. Kurt Vile ‘Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze’
16. Rod Stewart ‘Time’
17. Black Sabbath ’13’
18. Foals ‘Holy Fire’
19. Johnny Cash ‘The Classics’
20. Public Service Broadcasting ‘Inform Educate Entertain’

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