Leeds post-punk band Yard Act have claimed the best-selling vinyl album of the year so far.
Their debut album The Overload topped the Official Charts Company’s quarter-end vinyl charts with 11,000 copies sold since its release.
They were narrowly beaten to number one on the charts in January by the Years & Years album Night Call.
The Overload has been acclaimed by critics and players alike for its melodic take on post-punk and frontman James Smith’s witty observations on modern life.
They said in a statement: “It’s an ace to have won music for at least a quarter of the year.
“It’s clearly connected with enough people for this to happen, which is the most important thing.
“For that we are incredibly grateful and will never forget our entire team and crew at Island Records for believing in us, working so hard and giving so much money.
“Thank you. Now let’s get this bread!”
Second place went to Tears For Fears with The Tipping Point, their first new album of original material in more than 17 years, which also reached number two on the albums chart on release.
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Third place went to experimental band Black Country, New Road with their eclectic sophomore album Ants From Up There.
After Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors in fourth place, indie rockers The Wombats took fifth place with their album Fix Yourself, Not the World, which gave them their first UK number one.
The best-selling vinyl single of 2022 so far has been Frank Turner’s A Wave Across The Bay.
The punk singer-songwriter said: “This is great news. I love vinyl, I’m very proud of the song.
“It’s a benefit single for the Tiny Changes charity, which was started by the family of (Frightened Rabbit frontman) Scott Hutchison after his death, which is what the song is about.
“Thank you for picking up the single. I am very excited”
Hutchison committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 36 after suffering from mental health issues.
Second place went to Ghost’s Hunter’s Moon, while Yard Act took third place with the track Dark Days.
The Shakespears Sister ballad Stay peaked at number four after originally spending eight weeks at number one in 1992.
Fifth place went to Aphelion from the Scottish duo Arab Strap.
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