The Rebirth of Vinyl Continues with an Estimated 30% Growth for 2013

Vinyl Music Sales 2013

Vinyl Music Sales 2013


While I have always been an advocate of ‘owning’ music (as opposed to stealing or streaming), I have stuck with the latest tech trends: through the years I have had 45’s, 8-tracks, LPs, cassettes, CDs and MP3s. Each has strengths and weaknesses, but I am still bemused about the recent vinyl resurgence – which continues with estimates of 30% 2013 increase!

Of course it is important to remember that the top-selling vinyl album of 2012 was Blunderbuss by Jack White – and that sold 34,000 copies (yes, 34 THOUSAND) … and the second top-selling album was Abbey Road by The Beatles. Vinyl still accounts for only 1.4% of total music sales – but as all other physical music unit sales decline, vinyl continues to increase.

Better still – 67% of vinyl record sales come from independent record stores. That is certainly a great trend. Here are the top-selling vinyl records through the first three quarters of 2013:

1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
2. David Bowie – The Next Day
3. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
4. Black Sabbath – 13
5. Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork
6. Atoms for Peace – Amok
7. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
8. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
9. alt-j – An Awesome Wave
10. Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day

So … do you still buy vinyl? If so why? If not, then why not?

Source: Digital Music News

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Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!