Vinyl sales are growing at a steady pace and, while music downloads and CD sales are in decline, vinyl is up 11 per cent. Total vinyl sales in 2015 hit 2.1 million and current predictions are that sales will reach three million by the end of 2016, a 21-year high.
There’s no doubt Record Store Day helped give the format a boost, but there’s also no denying that whole experience surrounding vinyl - the artwork, the sound and the act of putting a record on a turntable - are enticing more and more fans.
The Official Charts Company has released details of the Top 40 best-selling LP albums so far in 2016 and David Bowie’s Blackstar sits at the top with 57,000 units sold. It’s probable his unexpected death days after it was released helped boost sales.
Amy Winehouse takes second place with 36,000 copies of Back to Black sold and Radiohead rounds out the top three with its latest release, A Moon Shaped Pool. Interestingly the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix 1 is at number four, sitting above the likes of Fleetwood Max, Adele and Prince.
- BLACKSTAR - DAVID BOWIE
- BACK TO BLACK - AMY WINEHOUSE
- A MOON SHAPED POOL - RADIOHEAD
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
- RUMOURS - FLEETWOOD MAC
- EVERYTHING YOU'VE COME TO EXPECT - LAST SHADOW PUPPETS
- THE STONE ROSES - STONE ROSES
- LEGEND - BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
- 25 - ADELE
- PURPLE RAIN - OST PRINCE & THE REVOLUTION
David Bowie also topped the best-selling vinyl singles list with TVC 15, a Record Store Day release.
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Source: The Official Charts Company