Friday, January 10, 2020

"Abbey Road" is decade's best-selling vinyl album in U.S.

The Beatles Abbey Road album cover
The 2010s marked the vinyl revival. And its best-selling album first topped the charts 50 years previously, the Beatles' Abbey Road.

According to Nielsen's 2019 Year-End Report, the band's last-recorded LP sold 558,000 copies in the U.S. - a far cry from the millions it sold back in 1969. But it's pretty good when you consider the high price of modern vinyl - about $30 for on album - and the fact that most people don't buy music in any format anymore. They "rent" it on streaming services like Spotify.

The Beatles' far outdistanced their competition, too, according to Consequence of Sound:
Abbey Road bested the second-best selling LP, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, by nearly 200,000 units. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1, the companion soundtrack to 2014’s "Guardians of the Galaxy," placed third overall with 367,000 copies sold, and was one of only two albums released last decade to crack the top 10. The other? Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die, which ranked No. 10.

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