Vinyl Album Sales Rose 15% Last Year

via Billboard.com   For the 13th consecutive year, the sales of vinyl albums were on the rise. According to the latest tally, 16.8 million vinyl albums were sold in 2018, according to Nielsen Music (up 14.6 percent).

The top-selling vinyl albums artist in 2018 was the Beatles, with 321,000 copies sold of their catalog on vinyl. Their biggest seller was Abbey Road, which finishes the year as the No. 4 largest-seller, with 76,000 copies. The Fab Four also have two more titles among the year’s top 15-sellers: their self-titled (White Album) is No. 11 (56,000) and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is No. 13 (50,000).

The top 10-biggest selling vinyl acts of the year are rounded out mostly by classic and veteran rock acts: Pink Floyd (177,000), David Bowie (150,000), Panic! at the Disco (148,000), Fleetwood Mac (139,000), Led Zeppelin (138,000), Michael Jackson(131,000), Jimi Hendrix (119,000), Metallica (116,000) and Queen (113,000).

Another interesting note in this survey was that vinyl LPs were 19.1 percent of all physical album sales (CDs, LPs, cassettes, etc.) in 2018. That’s a new Nielsen-era record.

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