Official Charts Company introduce Vinyl Chart for the first time in chart history

Noel Gallagher revealed to be artist behind the biggest selling vinyl album and single so far this year

The Official Charts Company have announced the introduction of a new Vinyl Chart, for the first time in chart history.

The inaugural Official Vinyl Albums Chart and Official Vinyl Singles Chart launched today (April 13), with a weekly rundown of the biggest selling vinyl records set to be published every Sunday at 7pm.

The charts were created after rising vinyl sales over the past decade, with 2014 vinyl sales figures hitting a 20-year high. That trend has continued into the first quarter of 2015 with vinyl album sales up 69 per cent and vinyl single sales up 23%.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have been revealed to be the artist behind both the biggest selling vinyl album and single so far this year, with the ‘Chasing Yesterday’ LP beating the likes of Led Zeppelin, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood to the top spot, while the single ‘The Ballad Of Mighty I’ eclipsed Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and more.

Meanwhile, All Time Low’s ‘Future Hearts’, this week’s Number One album in the Official Albums Chart, also takes the top spot in the first ever Official Vinyl Albums Chart. Drenge’s ‘Undertow’ is at Number Two with the Top Five completed by Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie & Lowell’ (Number Three), Turbowolf’s ‘Two Hands’ (Number Four) and The Prodigy’s ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ (Number Five).

In the first Official Vinyl Singles Chart, Underworld’s tribute to the late Frankie Knuckles, ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ takes the Number One position. Credited as Underworld Vs Heller & Farley, the single is also raising proceeds for the Frankie Knuckles Trust and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Underworld’s Karl Hyde said of the chart victory: “We’re honoured to be Number 1 in the UK’s first Official Vinyl Singles Chart. Vinyl has always been a hugely important part of what we do as Underworld. We started out selling 12″s of our records from the back of a car; it’s still our format of choice when buying music and it’s fantastic that it’s undergoing such a resurgence.”

He continued: “This record came about purely as a tribute to the late, very great Frankie Knuckles and the chart recognition is a fitting tribute to his legacy. All proceeds go to the Frankie Knuckles Trust/Elton John AIDS Foundation. We’d like to humbly thank everyone who’s bought the record and helped raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Aphex Twin, Swim Deep, Mark Ronson and Lulu all feature in the Top Five of the first Official Vinyl Singles Chart.