Yard Act, Tears For Fears and Florence + The Machine feature among the biggest selling vinyl artists in the UK in 2022 after the year’s first six months, according to the Official Charts Company’s new report.
Harry Styles claims the biggest vinyl album of the year so far with Harry’s House. The One Direction star’s third solo LP has spent three non-consecutive weeks atop the Official Albums Chart so far this year; the most weeks of any release in 2022. Harry’s House ranks at Number 2 on the overall list of 2022’s biggest albums to date and is the biggest new release of the year. According to Official Charts Company data, it’s shifted 49,000 copies on wax since its release in May, more than any other this year.
Laim Gallagher sits in second place at the midway mark with C’Mon You Know. The former Oasis frontman has sold nearly 33,000 vinyl copies of his third solo studio record, which peaked at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, since its release in June. Gallagher’s live album Down By The River Thames – released on the same day – also features, landing at Number 21.
This year’s best-selling debut to date comes courtesy of Isle of Wight exports Wet Leg. The group, comprised of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, round off an all-British Top 3 on the list, with their eponymous LP shifting 20,000 vinyl so far. Not far behind are Dublin rock group Fontaines D.C. with their first-ever UK Number 1 album Skinty Fia at No. 4
Elsewhere in the year-to-date vinyl artists Top 10 are 2022 releases from Yard Act’s debut album, The Overload (6), Foals’ Life is Yours (7), Tears For Fears’ widely-acclaimed comeback album The Tipping Point (8) and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Unlimited Love (9).
With 2022 offering a stellar selection of music so far, new releases account for nearly 70% of the year’s Top 40 best-selling vinyl to date.
Former Number 1 albums also making the list include Arcade Fire’s We (11), Florence + The Machine’s Dance Fever (15), George Ezra’s Gold Rush Kid (18), Charli XCX’s CRASH (19) and Blossoms’ Ribbon Around the Bomb (20) all place amongst the 20 most-purchased vinyl at the halfway point.
In terms of best-selling vinyl singles of 2022 so far, Sex Pistols’ anti-monarchist anthem “God Save The Queen” is officially the best-selling vinyl single of 2022 so far, the Official Charts Company can reveal.
The track, which originally (and somewhat controversially) peaked at Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart during the Queen’s silver jubilee in 1977, received a re-release to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June. A limited number of special edition pressings were made available to fans which sold out on pre-orders.
Thanks to an exclusive Record Store Day release, Taylor Swift’s “The Lakes” is the year’s second-best-selling vinyl single to date. The track, originally included in the deluxe edition of Folklore, received a limited edition run on wax in April and reached the Official Singles Chart Top 100 as a result, peaking at Number 88.