2018's Best-selling New Releases on Vinyl (so far...)
We're fast approaching the halfway point of 2018 and there have already been some fantastic vinyl releases this year, but which of the new LPs arriving in 2018 have been the most popular at hmv stores?
With almost half the year gone and hmv's Vinyl Week just around the corner, it's time for our round-up of the year's best-selling new vinyl releases so far...
10. The Wombats: Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
Edging their way into our vinyl Top 10 for this year are Liverpool trio The Wombats, whose fourth full-length offering Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is the tenth-highest selling vinyl LP in our stores this year so far. Featuring 11 brand new songs, including the superbly-titled single 'Lemon to a Knife Fight', The Wombats' fourth LP mixes classic rock riffs with plenty of huge-sounding synths on one of their most assured outings to date.
9. Jack White: Boarding House Reach
The last four years have been relatively quiet for the former White Stripes frontman, who has for some time been regarded as one of the busiest men in the music industry with a range of side projects and other ventures such as his label Third Man Records, but Jack White returned with a band earlier this year with his third solo album and it's evident that his fanbase is still very much paying attention.
Boarding House Reach has seen White take a slightly new direction with his third solo LP, but it's one that has been well enough received to put his latest LP in ninth place on our list of vinyl best-sellers for 2018.
8. Jimi Hendrix: Both Sides of the Sky
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There isn't much that hasn't already been written about Jimi Hendrix in terms of his legendary prowess as a guitarist, but it's a testament to his enduring influence that a posthumous compilation album of (mostly) previously unheard material should generate so much interest that the new LP, released almost 50 years after his death, has become one of the year's best-sellers.
Featuring covers of songs by the likes of Stephen Stills, Muddy Waters Joni Mitchell, as well as some unreleased originals such as 'Hear My Train A Comin'', Both Sides of the Sky has proved a big hit with vinyl buyers and is this year's eighth-highest seller so far.
7. Fall Out Boy: Mania
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Illinois four-piece Fall Out Boy returned with their seventh long-player in January this year and Mania wasted no time whatsoever in clambering onto our list of best-sellers. Enlisting a range of production talent including Dave Sardy, Butch Walker and Jesse Shatkin, as well as the songwriting talents of the likes of Sia Furler, Mania might not have been as strongly reviewed as some of the earlier albums, but the band's seventh LP has still been a huge hit with fans so far. Whether they'll still be in the Top 10 at the end of the year remains to be seen, but Fall Out Boy have made a very strong start to 2018.
6. Manic Street Preachers: Resistance is Futile
Four years between albums is a relatively long gap for the Welsh trio, but the Manics have been busy with anniversary tours for two of their earlier albums – The Holy Bible and Everything Must Go – for much of that time and made a triumphant return with their thirteenth album in April this year.
The band set out to try and recapture the sound of their two of their most popular records, namely their debut Generation Terrorists and Everything Must Go, resulting in an album that sounds like the Manics' entire career distilled and condensed into one LP. It's proved to be a winning move and their latest album narrowly misses out on a top five spot in our best-sellers with six months of the year to go.
5. Kylie Minogue: Golden
Australia's pop princess returned with her 14th album in April and took a bold new step into country territory, recording in the famous studios of Nashville and adding a distinctly Dolly Parton-esque vibe to her familiar disco-pop sound.
Golden came with no fewer than three different vinyl formats, including a limited edition picture disc, all of which taken together have helped Kylie's latest become the fifth-highest selling vinyl LP of the year so far in our stores.
4. Various Artists: Stranger Things – Music from the Netflix Original Series
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The gloriously retro score created by SURVIVE's Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein for the Duffer Brothers' hit show has already produced two of our best-selling soundtrack LPs in recent years, but it's not just the pair's original compositions that help capture the 1980s setting of Stranger Things and this year saw the arrival of a new compilation album featuring some of the popular songs of the era which also feature in the show.
Released on vinyl in January this year, the new compilation features 28 hits and deep cuts from the likes of The Police, New Order, The Clash, Peter Gabriel, The Bangles and Joy Division, to name a handful. Even without the Stranger Things connection this would be a great compilation album in its own right, but fans' love for the show and its music has helped propel the new compilation into our top five.
3. First Aid Kit: Ruins
Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg have enjoyed considerable chart success in the Swedish homeland, where their their previous two albums have both shot to the top of the charts, but while their chart success has been more modest in the UK up until now, their fourth album Ruins is one of their finest yet and was rewarded scored the duo their first Top 5 hit in the UK, with Ruins peaking at Number 3.
As coincidence would have it, that's exactly where they find themselves on our list of best-selling vinyl too, with both the black and red vinyl editions of their fourth LP proving incredibly popular in our stores. That'll come as no surprise to those who have been falling in love with the album since it arrived in January, but it's an impressive achievement nonetheless and the album continues to fly off the shelves.
2. George Ezra: Staying at Tamara's
George Ezra's 2014 debut album Wanted on Voyage was a huge hit for the Hertfordshire-born singer-songwriter, setting expectations considerably high for its follow-up, but Staying at Tamara's didn't disappoint. Released in March this year, Ezra succeeded where several others had failed in knocking The Greatest Showman soundtrack from its perch at the top of the UK Album Chart, making Staying at Tamara's his second chart-topping album in as many attempts.
It's been a similar story for the vinyl release too, which has leapfrogged the likes of Kylie and Manic Street Preachers to climb its way to second position in our list of best-selling vinyl this year. There are still some big releases to come this year, but at this rate the young singer has every chance of finding himself still in the Top 5 by the year's end.
1. Various Artists: The Greatest Showman
Not content with having kept the likes of Camila Cabello, Craig David and Justin Timberlake from topping the the UK's Official Album Chart this year, the soundtrack to Michael Gracey's hit musical starring Hugh Jackman is dominating in the vinyl stakes too and is far and away the most popular vinyl release to arrive so far in 2018.
The album's phenomenal chart success had already seen it match Adele's 30-year record of 11 consecutive weeks at No.1 on CD sales and downloads alone before the vinyl edition arrived at the end of March, and despite being temporarily dislodged three times by George Ezra, Kylie and Post Malone, Jackman and co. are currently enjoying their fourth visit to the summit at the time of writing. There are plenty more big album releases yet to come this year - not least Arctic Monkeys' new album, which is set to chart this week. Will The Greatest Showman still be our biggest-selling vinyl release at the end of the year?