Vinyls continue to gain popularity in the United States (and France?)
The United States had its biggest week of vinyl sales since 1991.
Indeed, vinyl sales in the United States hit a record high in the week ending December 22, with 2.2 million records sold.
This is the highest figure on record since music sales have been electronically tracked, and only the second time they have crossed the 2 million mark.
The previous record was set during the week ending December 23, 2021, when 2.1 million records were sold.
Billboard points out that this is most likely due to Christmas shopping, as vinyl sales increased by 46.7% between the previous week and the week ending December 22.
Billboard also points out that annual vinyl sales from 2021 to 2022 are up about 3.6%. So it’s no exaggeration to say that vinyl is still on the rise.
In another record breaking week, vinyl accounted for 57% of total US album sales and 63% of all physical album sales, confirming the growing preference for consuming music in physical form. .
Moreover, according to NMEvinyl records are the second best-selling physical entertainment format, just behind Nintendo Switch games, a new study claims.
Even though we couldn’t find any (recent) data for France, it seems from anecdotal reports that the phenomenon the US is experiencing is not exclusive to that country.
As an indication, in 2021, more than 5 million vinyls were sold in France, i.e. around three times more than in 2016.