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:
- The Beatles
- Michael Jackson
- 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.