Commentary On The Legacy of Vinyl by Mitch Santell
There is nothing that is more fun than playing a vinyl album. Everything from the paper the album cover is printed on, to the liner notes to the smell of the Vinyl itself, there is nothing quite like it.
Yes, I still have my original record collection from when I was a kid but my greatest treasures are because of my Dad (RIP), who kept bringing me picture disks from the late 1970s that are worth a lot today.
According to Billboard Magazine:
Vinyl album sales in the U.S. hit their 13th consecutive year of growth, with ‘Guardians’ being the top-selling LP and “Yellow Submarine” the biggest vinyl single.
Vinyl album sales continue to be a bright spot among an otherwise bleak album sales picture. 16.8 million vinyl albums were sold in 2018, according to Nielsen Music (up 14.6 percent) — marking the 13th consecutive year of growth for the format. 16.8 million is also a new yearly high for vinyl album sales since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
Comparatively, overall album sales (vinyl LP, CD, digital, cassette, etc.) in 2018 fell 17.7 percent to 141 million.
Vinyl LP sales accounted for 11.9 percent of all album sales in 2018 (16.8 million of 141 million). In 2017, the format comprised 6.5 percent of album sales.
Overall in 2018, 14 albums sold more than 50,000 copies on vinyl — up from just eight titles in 2017. Further, 79 titles exceeded 20,000 in LP sales in 2018, as compared to 77 in 2017 and 58 in 2016.
TOP 10 SELLING VINYL ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S. Rank Artist, Title Sales 1 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 84,000 2 Michael Jackson, Thriller 84,000 3 Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 77,000 4 The Beatles, Abbey Road 76,000 5 Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain(Soundtrack) 71,000 6 Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon 67,000 7 Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of… 61,000 8 Queen, Greatest Hits 60,000 9 Amy Winehouse, Back to Black 59,000 10 Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked 59,000 Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. (Titles listed with the same sales total are not tied, as their exact sales are rounded to the nearest thousand.)
RECORD WEEK FOR VINYL ALBUM SALES: 905,000 vinyl albums were sold in the week ending Dec. 27, 2018, the largest week for the format since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. That sum actually beats out a record that was only set a week earlier, when 880,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the frame ending Dec. 20. (Before 2018, the largest week was registered in the week ending Dec. 21, 2017, with 811,000 vinyl albums sold.)
ROCK AROUND THE VINYL CLOCK: Rock music is tops among vinyl album buyers, as the genre comprises the largest share of vinyl LP sales: 63 percent. In 2017, the genre amounted to 67 percent of LP sales, while in 2016 rock yielded 69 percent of LP sales.
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