18 Apr 12
Oh, the charts, a weekly tradition which sees your slowly restored faith in humanity routinely smashed into the ground until it stops breathing anymore (here’s the UK singles chart). What a fine, glowing tradition is it. Of course, they’ve always been a coloured by the soulless establishments which have peddled music to teenage masses for ever such a long time. Well, no more. With a little help from the smashing kids at Record Store Day, there’s now a chart which takes into account we, the mouth breathing, overcoat wearing, record buying populace. Every Sunday henceforth will bring the gift of record sales information directly to your life, freeing you from the shackles of sad desperation that the Top 40 has taught you to accept. Too excited to wait? I bet you are, so here’s this; the top selling albums at independent stores so far in 2012, a list which unfortunately has Lana Del Rey’s turgid debut album in at #1. I suppose you really can’t win them all.
1. Lana Del Rey – ‘Born To Die’
2. Leonard Cohen – ‘Old Ideas’
3. Adele – ’21’
4. Bruce Springsteen – ‘Wrecking Ball’
5. The Black Keys – ‘El Camino’
6. Enter Shikari – ‘A Flash Flood Of Colour’
7. First Aid Kit – ‘The Lion’s Roar’
8. Mark Lanegan Band – ‘Blues Funeral’
9. Emeli Sande – ‘Our Version Of Events’
10. The Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’
FUN FACT: The above picture is of the counter at my local, deeply excellent record store.