Vinyl LP Sales Up 33% In 2009

Vinyl Sales Growing Faster Than Even Digital      11/01/10

Vinyl LP Sales Up 33% In 2009

Buying Choices

Vinyl sales were up in 2009, way up, according end-of-year US music sales figures by Nielsen Soundscan:

  • 2.5 million LPs were sold in 2009, 33% more than were sold in 2008.
  • While many of the top-selling vinyl artists are household names, just as many are lesser-known independent artists
  • Two out of every three vinyl albums were purchased at an independent music store.

The top-selling artists on vinyl in 2009 were:

  • Radiohead
  • The Beatles
  • Michael Jackson
  • Metallica
  • Wilco  
  • Bob Dylan  
  • Animal Collective
  • Pearl Jam  
  • Bon Iver 
  • Iron & Wine  

Whether it's a fad, nostalgia or a long-term trend - vinyl sales actually grew at twice the rate of digital album sales. Digital album sales grew 16% in 2009, vs 33% for vinyl.


James Lewin
Twitter @podcasting_news


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