Vinyl sales continue to climb in the UK, and the best-selling of 2021 so far is Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over The Country Club, OfficialCharts.com can reveal.
Released in March, the record has sold 20,000 copies on wax to top the UK’s Official year-to-date vinyl albums chart. 16,700 of those were bought in its first week, earning Lana the title of having the fastest-selling vinyl album of the century for a female act.
Vinyl revenues are even expected to overtake those of CDs in 2021, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI)’s chief executive in response to a new report.
The UK’s second best-seller on vinyl is Wolf Alice’s Blue Weekend – a Number 1 in June – with 18.2k sales, while British rock duo Royal Blood complete the Top 3 with their chart-topping third album Typhoons on 15.8k.
While the majority of the top selling vinyl albums of 2021 were released this year, a handful of classics continue to prove hugely popular. Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 record Rumours ranks fourth in the year-to-date chart, while Queen’s Greatest Hits (11), Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black (12), Nirvana’s Nevermind (19), and Oasis’ What’s The Story Morning Glory (30) all place within the Top 40.
Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl albums of 2021 so far
1 CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB LANA DEL REY
2 BLUE WEEKEND WOLF ALICE
3 TYPHOONS ROYAL BLOOD
4 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
5 MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT FOO FIGHTERS
6 FAT POP PAUL WELLER
7 BACK THE WAY WE CAME – VOL 1 NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING
8 CALIFORNIAN SOIL LONDON GRAMMAR
9 FINE LINE HARRY STYLES
10 EVERMORE TAYLOR SWIFT
11 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
12 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
13 COLLAPSED IN SUNBEAMS ARLO PARKS
14 W.L. SNUTS
15 NOT YOUR MUSE CELESTE
16 ISLES BICEP
17 LOVELESS MY BLOODY VALENTINE
18 INTRUDER GARY NUMAN
19 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
20 LIFE’S A BEACH EASY LIFE
21 WHEN YOU SEE YOURSELF KINGS OF LEON
22 LIFE BY MISADVENTURE RAG’N’BONE MAN
23 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
24 BRIGHT GREEN FIELD SQUID
25 NEW LONG LEG DRY CLEANING
26 AS THE LOVE CONTINUES MOGWAI
27 TYRON SLOWTHAI
28 SPARE RIBS SLEAFORD MODS
29 FOR THE FIRST TIME BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD
30 WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS
31 COLLECTIONS FROM THE WHITEOUT BEN HOWARD
32 DADDY’S HOME ST VINCENT
33 POST HUMAN – SURVIVAL HORROR BRING ME THE HORIZON
34 THE STONE ROSES STONE ROSES
35 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
36 HARRY STYLES HARRY STYLES
37 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
38 FOLKLORE TAYLOR SWIFT
39 FUTURE NOSTALGIA DUA LIPA
40 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
By Rob Copsey
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