Monday, December 30, 2019

Report: Vinyl Album Sales Enjoy Record Week

Vinyl album sales hit yet another record week in the U.S., according to Billboard citing Nielsen Music.

In the week ending Dec. 19, the data tracking firm reports 973,000 vinyl albums were sold in the U.S. -- marking the single biggest week for vinyl album sales since the company began electronically tracking music sales in 1991.

Vinyl album sales were so hot in the week ending Dec. 19, they comprised 25% of all albums sold that week (3.92 million across all formats: CD, LP, digital, cassette, etc.), and 31% of all physical albums sold (3.16 million on CD, LP, cassette, etc.).

The top-selling vinyl album in the week ending Dec. 19 was Harry Styles' new Fine Line, which sold 28,000 copies -- the fourth-largest sales week for a vinyl album in Nielsen Music history.

Last year, for example, in the weeks ending Dec. 20 and Dec. 27, 2018, there were 880,000 and 905,000 vinyl albums sold, respectively.

The top 10 selling vinyl albums in the latest tracking week (ending Dec. 19) were:
  1. Styles' Fine Line,
  2. Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (12,000), 
  3. The Beatles’ Abbey Road (11,000)
  4. The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack (10,000) 
  5. Queen’s Greatest Hits (9,000)
All numbers have been rounded to the nearest thousand.

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