Independent record shops join forces with the Official Charts Company

Kings of Leon‘s latest album release Only By The Night is still number one, in the first chart compiled based on independent record sales this week.

The Official Charts Company have teamed up with Coalition, the group of 25 independent music shops which includes London’s Rough Trade and Manchester’s Piccadilly.

The head of the OCC, Martin Talbot explained why the indie chart is valuable: “The launch of this chart is great news for all alternative artists selling music in the UK, providing, as it does, a fascinating shop window on alternative music tastes here in the UK.

“During the test phase, a whole range of artists, including Fleet Foxes, Hold Steady, Beck, Sigur Ros and Joan As Policewoman topped these charts, and we are confident that they will continue to showcase the best in alternative music – sold through the best in alternative record shops.”

Top 10 Official Coalition Albums Charts w/e Oct 18, 2008:

1. Only By The Night – Kings Of Leon
2. Telltale Signs, Bootleg Series Vol 8 – Bob Dylan
3. I Started Out With & I Still… Seasick Steve
4. Skeletal Lamping – Of Montreal
5. Dig Out Your Soul – Oasis
6. Perfect Symmetry – Keane
7. The Hawk Is Howling – Mogwai
8. Dear Science – TV On The Radio
9. More Than A Lot – Chase & Status
10. Offend Maggie – Deerhoof


Top 10 Official Coalition Singles Charts w/e Oct 18, 2008:

1. Shred Yr Face Tour Recordings – Various
2. Take Back The City – Snow Patrol
3. Sway – Kooks
4. So What – Pink
5. Never Miss A Beat – Kaiser Chiefs
6. The Winners Song – Geraldine
7. Kids – Mgmt
8. Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon
9. Don’t Call This Love – Leon Jackson
10. Move – CSS


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