Thursday, January 4, 2018

Vinyl sales are at a record high, and the Beatles - shocker - are leading the trend

Seems like I was just reading stuff about the Beatles no longer being relevant or influential, yet the band, defunct since 1970, continues to sell music like crazy.

Consider vinyl, which is selling at, ahem, record levels, with Beatles' LPs selling the most of anything.

Billboard reports:

Vinyl LP sales represented 8.5 percent of all album sales in 2017 – up from 6.5 percent for the configuration’s share in 2016. Further, LP sales were 14 percent of all physical album sales in 2017 (a Nielsen-era record share for the format) – up from 11 percent in 2016.

...The Beatles finish 2017 with the top two selling vinyl LPs of the year: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (72,000 — powered in large part by the album’s deluxe anniversary reissue in 2017) and Abbey Road (66,000). 

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