Vinyl record sales continue to skyrocket as millenials and younger generations soak in nostalgia.
According to British Phonographic Industry (BPI), vinyl record sales in the UK topped a 30-year high in 2021. BPI’s data shows there was an 8% increase over 2020. According to DJ Mag, vinyl records made up 23% of all albums sold in 2021, despite a pressing plant delay and rising costs in vinyl production.
“It’s a great time to be a music fan, with a wider choice on offer than ever before supported by great value,” says Geoff Taylor, chief executive of BPI said. “Thanks to record label investment into new music and talent, fans can purchase and collect the music they most love on vinyl, CD and even cassette, whilst also enjoying access to over 70 million songs to stream instantly whenever and how often they want, in turn enabling a new generation of artists to create music and sustain successful careers in a global market.”
The most popular album for sales in the UK was ABBA’s Voyage. Adele’s 30 was also a hot ticket item.
Vinyl records sales have seen a huge increase in sales over the past few years as artists and bands like Harry Styles, The Beatles, Billie Eilish push their own vinyl. CD sales have been on the decline.