Alabama Shakes top first ever Official Record Store Chart
The first Official Record Store Chart in the UK has been topped by Alabama Shakes
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Saturday, 21, Apr 2012 11:14
By James McCann
The UK's first ever Official Record Store Chart, which has been launched to reflect sales at the country's independent record shops, has been topped by the US rock group Alabama Shakes.
Despite breaking a number of music industry records in the last 12 months and topping almost every other chart, Adele's 21 was beaten to the top spot by Boys and Girls, Alabama Shakes' debut album, which has received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
The inaugural top ten was announced on BBC 6 Music by DJ Steve Lamacq, who revealed that seven of the albums in the list were published by independent record labels.
Adele's 21 came in second place, with The Marble Downs by Trembling Bells in third, Graham Coxon's A&E in fourth and A Wasteland Companion by M Ward in fifth spot.
Geoff Travis, head of the London-based label Rough Trade Records, which Alabama Shakes are designed to, said he is 'very proud' of the achievement, particularly in the face of such stiff competition.
"Alabama Shakes deserve every accolade and success that may come their way. They do it right."
The biggest-selling record this year – Lana Del Rey's Born to Die – was sixth in the list, which is compiled using feedback from independent stores on which vinyl records have been sold each week, and how many units have been shifted.