More than one million vinyl albums have been sold in 2014 – the first time that annual sales have surpassed that milestone figure since the Britpop era during the mid-1990s.

According to Official Charts data, that million mark was passed at the weekend – comfortably ahead of the 780,674 sales recorded in 2013 and with Christmas still to come.

With the festive selling period on the horizon and very much a busy time for music sales, the total figure for 2014 is likely to reach 1.2 million – the highest figure since 1996.

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The best selling vinyl album of the year so far has been AM by Arctic Monkeys, though David Bowie's Nothing Has Changed topped the charts as the million mark was passed.

Meanwhile, the release of Pink Floyd's first album in two decades – The Endless River – saw more than 6000 sales in the first week – the best performance of any LP since 1997.

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Official Charts CEO Martin Talbot said: "Pink Floyd illustrates the British public’s renewed love for this format, which is on course to become a £20m business this year."

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Comments

Al ears's picture

Good news..

An increase in vinyl sales is always a good thing from my point of view. Though still not a patch on the sales figures recorded when I first started seriously collecting this resurgence can only be good news for Project / Rega and the like. Long may it continue, although, realisically I feel it will soon run out of steam. 

Graham Luke's picture

If only...

When I think of those boxes of vinyl I dragged round to that place in Notting Hill Gate; I could be a bloomin' millionaire...