The XX Take Vinyl Album Top Spot as Music Fans Embrace the Plastic Fantastic in 2012

The Invisible Band by Travis remains the 21st Century’s best-selling vinyl album.

Coexist, the second album by The XX, was the best-selling vinyl album of 2012, Official Charts Company figures released today by the BPI confirmed.

In second place was the 2012 re-release of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie. Originally released in June 1972, Ziggy Stardust was remastered and reissued on vinyl LP to commemorate the classic album’s 40th anniversary along with a 5:1 surround mix and high resolution audio on an accompanying bonus DVD.  Other big-selling vinyl LPs during 2012 included Jack White’s Blunderbuss at number three and Adele’s 21 in fourth place.

The Invisible Band by Travis remains the top-selling vinyl LP of the 21st Century, however, with 28,700 copies sold on the format from 2000 onwards.  The second biggest seller of the millennium is The King Of Limbs - issued by Radiohead initially as a download then in May 2011 as a special ‘newspaper edition’ that included two 10-inch vinyl records.  

Vinyl sales grew for the fifth successive year with a total of 389,000 LPs sold during 2012 – an increase of 15.3% over 2011’s sales of 337,000.

Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive, said, "With more than 60 years of loyal service, the vinyl LP is by some margin the most enduring album format of all time.  Although sales overall are small compared to CD and digital albums, vinyl’s collectability and appeal to audiophiles is drawing in new fans, in particular through initiatives like the popular annual Record Store Day.

“Increasingly LPs also include codes that can be redeemed online for digital albums - giving fans the best of both worlds.”

About BPI

The BPI is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business. The BPI is a trade organisation funded by its members - which include hundreds of independent music companies and the UK’s major record labels. The BPI’s members account for approximately 90% of all recorded music sold in the UK, and globally the UK's recorded music market is the fourth biggest.

The BPI also organises the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classic BRIT Awards show. The organising company BRIT Awards Limited, is a fully owned subsidiary of the BPI. Substantial proceeds from both shows go to the BRIT Trust, the charitable arm of the BPI that has donated almost £15m to charitable causes nationwide, since its foundation in 1989.

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About the Official Charts Company

The Official Charts Company is a joint venture between record labels' body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The Official Charts Company is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK's industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).

The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.

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