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Sales of vinyl records in 2021 were the highest in 30 years – with more than five million moved | Ents & Arts News


Vinyl continued its noticeable comeback, with record sales for 30 years in 2021, according to the numbers.

More than five million vinyl records were sold in 2021, up 8% from the previous year, and marking a 14th consecutive year of growth for the format, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

It’s the biggest year in vinyl sales since the early 90s, when Phil Collins’ album … But Seriously was the best-selling record.

The numbers come from initiatives like Record Store Day and Tim’s Twitter listening evenings, which have helped drive vinyl sales over the past decade.

The BPI also found that records now represent 23% of all albums purchased in 2021.

Some of those who should be on the hunt for the best-selling vinyl this year include Geordie songwriter Sam Fender, with Seventeen Going Under, Adele’s comeback record 30, and Abba Voyage reunion album.

But vinyl isn’t the only retro music format on the rise – there were over 190,000 tapes purchased last year, a one-fifth increase from 2020.

This is the highest number of cassette sales since 2003, when Now 54 (which included Feel by Robbie Williams, Sound Of The Underground by Girls Aloud, and Move Your Feet by Junior Senior) was the biggest seller.

Sour, the debut album by American pop-rocker Olivia Rodrigo, is considered the best-selling band of 2021, alongside Dave’s We’re All Alone In This Together and Queen’s Greatest Hits.

Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour is believed to be the best-selling tape of 2021. Photo: Geffen Records

Geoff Taylor, Managing Director, BPI, Brit Awards & Mercury Prize, said: “Now is the perfect time to be a music fan, with more choice than ever, backed by great value for money.

“With record companies’ investment in new music and talent, fans can buy and collect the music they love most on vinyl, CDs and even cassette tape, while enjoying access to more. 70 million songs to stream instantly when and how often they want, in turn empowering a new generation of artists to create music and pursue successful careers in a global marketplace. “