Some people are quite abuzz about the year end music sales numbers. Downloads continued to go up and CD sales continued to decline, much as people expected in each case, but vinyl sales went up…and a lot.
Physical album sales fell 20 percent to 362.6 million from 450.5 million, while digital album sales rose 32 percent to a record 65.8 million units.
Ironically, as digital downloads grew, vinyl album sales also climbed. In 2008, more vinyl albums were purchased (1.88 million) than any other year since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
More than two of every three vinyl albums were purchased at an independent music store during the year, the company reported. The top-selling vinyl albums were Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” (26,000 units), the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” (16,500) and Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” (13,600).
Seriously, who buys Chinese Democracy on vinyl? It’s the third best selling piece of vinyl this year and it only came out two months ago! I’m not saying people shouldn’t just that I can’t imagine anyone–certainly no one I know–doing that. Let me know if you were one of the 14K in the comments.