Rock Media: Record Store Chart

US rock group Alabama Shakes have topped the first ever Official Record Store Chart. Their album, Boys And Girls, beat competition from Adele, Trembling Bells and Graham Coxon to take the top spot. The chart, which reflects sales at the UK’s independent record shops, has been launched to coincide with International Record Store Day on Saturday. DJ Steve Lamacq announced the top 10 on BBC 6 Music. Seven of the records were released on independent labels. By contrast, only one album in the mainstream top 10 is not on a major label – and that is Alabama Shakes’ Boys And Girls. Led by singer and guitarist Britanny Howard, the four-piece are signed to London-based Rough Trade Records. Label boss Geoff Travis said the number one made him “very proud”. “Alabama Shakes deserve every accolade and success that may come their way. They do it right.” RECORD STORE CHART 1) Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls 2) Adele – 21 3) Trembling Bells – The Marble Downs 4) Graham Coxon – A&E 5) M Ward – A Wasteland Companion 6) Lana Del Rey – Born To Die 7) Sun – Death 8) Black Keys – El Camino 9) Dr John – Locked Down 10) Shins – Port Of Morrow Appropriately, given the nature of the chart, Rough Trade Records started as an off-shoot of the Rough Trade record store in...

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