Vinyl LP Sales Up 33% In 2009

Vinyl Sales Growing Faster Than Even Digital      11/01/10
Vinyl LP Sales Up 33% In 2009


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.

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7 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Sammy    Said...

If you could, follow this up with CD sales.

11-Jan-10 03:31 AM


Ted    Said...

Young bands of the future will insist on releasing music in the Compact Disc Format, saying that 44.1khz/16 bit sounds "better" than losslessly compressed hi-res digital downloads.

"You can really hear the laser on that foil layer," they'll say, "and that 4.75-square-inch printed artwork has that real CMYK vibe that no hi-def JPEG ever could."

Perhaps not. No love for those devalued silver discs, even though the shape and concept lives on in Blu-ray.

It is good to see physical media continue - it's one of the few consumer products that largely does not end up in landfills.

Whereas dead MP3 players are currently leaking mercury in landfills from your town to China.

11-Jan-10 02:17 PM


James    Said...

Sammy - I did not see CD sales broken out individually in Nielsen's sales info.

Total album sales, though, which includes CDs, are down by about 13%.

11-Jan-10 10:14 PM


Gabriel    Said...

it's great to see that vinyl is getting its place back...hadn't the cd ever been popularized the record companies wouldn't be facing the difficulties they are now. The one record companies wanted to kill is the one that's gonna save them. Ironic, isn't it? VINYL RUUULLLEEEEZZZZZZZZ

12-Sep-10 03:53 PM


Gabriel    Said...

it's great to see that vinyl is getting its place back...hadn't the cd ever been popularized the record companies wouldn't be facing the difficulties they are now. The one record companies wanted to kill is the one that's gonna save them. Ironic, isn't it? VINYL RUUULLLEEEEZZZZZZZZ

12-Sep-10 03:53 PM


Gabriel    Said...

it's great to see that vinyl is getting its place back...hadn't the cd ever been popularized the record companies wouldn't be facing the difficulties they are now. The one record companies wanted to kill is the one that's gonna save them. Ironic, isn't it? VINYL RUUULLLEEEEZZZZZZZZ

12-Sep-10 03:54 PM


Iman Azol    Said...

approx 300 million US CD sales in 2009. Approx 75 million downloads. Vinyl is irrelevant.

27-Oct-10 12:57 AM


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