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post Dec 29 2020, 01:44 PM
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From BPI, NME, Independent,

Sales of vinyl and cassettes surged once again in 2020, as music fans spent much of lockdown discovering new favourites to add to their collections.

The BPI, the organisation that represents the UK’s recorded music industry, reports Official Charts Company data showing that fans bought nearly 5 million vinyl LPs in 2020, marking a 21st century record and the highest total since the early Nineties.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has announced that 4.8 million LP albums were sold this year in the UK. That’s almost 10 percent higher than 2019 and consistent year-over-year growth since 2007. For comparison, a little more than 3 million LPs were sold in 2016. According to the BPI, vinyl sales haven’t been this strong since “the early nineties.” The format now represents 18 percent of album sales in the UK and, notably, creates “twice as much in industry revenues as music video streaming platforms, such as YouTube,” the BPI said in a press release.

Sales of vinyl have gone up almost 10% this year, which puts it on track to break the £100 million mark by the end of 2020, making for the best year since 1990.

Cassette sales are set to double by the end of the year, their highest level since 2003, as artists offer their music in a greater range of formats. Both classic and contemporary artists enjoyed bigger record and tape sales, from Fleetwood Mac and AC/DC to Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga.

Among the most popular vinyl records sold over the past 12 months are the classic Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis. However, more recent albums also sold well in vinyl format, including AC/DC’s new record Power Up, Ultra Mono by IDLES, and Harry Styles’s Fine Line. Sheffield-formed band Arctic Monkeys managed to achieve one of the top-selling vinyl albums of the year, despite only releasing their Live at the Royal Albert Hall recording in December.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, Brit Awards and Mercury Prize, said: “In a year when all our lives have changed, music’s power to inspire has never been more evident. The immediacy and convenience of streaming make it the go-to audio format for most of our listening, but more and more fans choose to get closer to their favourite artists and albums on vinyl.”

He continued: “It’s remarkable that LP and audio tape sales should have risen at all given the challenges we’ve all faced. The surge in sales despite retail closures demonstrates the timeless appeal of collectable physical formats alongside the seamless connectivity of streaming.”

Currently, the best-selling vinyl albums of 2020 are as follows:

1. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
2. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
3. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
4. Nirvana – Nevermind
5. Harry Styles – Fine Line
6. Kylie Minogue – Disco
7. AC/DC – Power Up
8. Queen – Greatest Hits
9. IDLES – Ultra Mono
10. Arctic Monkeys – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

The final BPI report for UK music consumption in 2020 will be published on 4 January 2021.

In the US, this year also saw vinyl outsell CDs for the first time since the 1980s. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), vinyl contributed a staggering $232 million (£181 million) to total physical sales of $376 million (£278 million) in the first half of 2020. Last week, the United States sold the most amount of vinyl records in history in a single week. The pre-Christmas rush saw nearly 2 million LPs sold across the country. As Billboard reports, 1.842 million vinyl LPs were purchased in the US in the week leading up to Christmas, which ended on December 24.
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post Dec 29 2020, 11:14 PM
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Music Week also published a similar article and also included the current top 10 best selling cassette albums of 2020:

1. Lady Gaga – Chromatica
2. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Calm
3. Yungblud – Weird!
4. The 1975 – Notes On A Conditional Form
5. Blackpink – The Album
6. Selena Gomez – Rare
7. Kylie Minogue – Disco
8. Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
9. Haim – Women In Music Pt III
10. The Streets – None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive
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post Dec 29 2020, 11:15 PM
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Interesting that sales of vinyl create a lot more revenue than streaming.

Do people think that vinyl is too expensively priced or is it about the right equilivant price as it was back in the day?
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post Dec 29 2020, 11:35 PM
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It's clearly not the equivalent price as it used to be and is an expensive format these days - but that is supposedly because there are so few pressing plants and each individual record is still comparatively low in demand compared to the peak.

An album probably cost about £10 max before in the late 80s where as now you're looking at £30 in a lot of circumstances - only cigarettes have gone up that much! Although admittedly vinyl is almost as addictive.
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post Dec 29 2020, 11:46 PM
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Yeh I was going to say, some of the prices seem extortionate but I can understand the industry wanting to make money on a renewed popular format and the lack of profit from streaming has got to affecc them. I’m a vinyl buyer but due to the price in limited to 5/6 per year!
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post Dec 30 2020, 09:43 AM
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QUOTE(Christmasteve201 @ Dec 29 2020, 11:15 PM) *
Interesting that sales of vinyl create a lot more revenue than streaming.

Do people think that vinyl is too expensively priced or is it about the right equilivant price as it was back in the day?


Vinyl can be really expensive in release week but many artists seem to have settled around the £20 mark now and it’s easy to pick up vinyl a few weeks after release on offer for £12-15.
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post Dec 30 2020, 09:51 AM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Dec 29 2020, 11:35 PM) *
It's clearly not the equivalent price as it used to be and is an expensive format these days - but that is supposedly because there are so few pressing plants and each individual record is still comparatively low in demand compared to the peak.

An album probably cost about £10 max before in the late 80s where as now you're looking at £30 in a lot of circumstances - only cigarettes have gone up that much! Although admittedly vinyl is almost as addictive.


Actually it is about equivalent- something that cost £10 in 1985 would cost around £30 now due to inflation (3.3% per year).
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post Dec 30 2020, 10:07 AM
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Dec 30 2020, 09:51 AM) *
Actually it is about equivalent- something that cost £10 in 1985 would cost around £30 now due to inflation (3.3% per year).

Maybe but inflation figures are, errr, inflated to bias around the sharp rise in housing etc and other factors that are weighted in an overall cost of living. Generally speaking most shopping products are not 3x more than they were in 1990. Especially music which has on the whole become significantly cheaper in comparison to inflation.
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post Dec 30 2020, 10:13 AM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Dec 30 2020, 10:07 AM) *
Maybe but inflation figures are, errr, inflated to bias around the sharp rise in housing etc and other factors that are weighted in an overall cost of living. Generally speaking most shopping products are not 3x more than they were in 1990. Especially music which has on the whole become significantly cheaper in comparison to inflation.


Actually house prices AREN'T included in inflation calculations - they should be, but they're not.

Kind of irrelevant though - what I'm saying is that the buying power of £10 is about the same as the buying power today of £30, and vinyl has kept pace with that seemingly.
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post Dec 30 2020, 10:28 AM
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Dec 30 2020, 10:13 AM) *
Actually house prices AREN'T included in inflation calculations - they should be, but they're not.

Kind of irrelevant though - what I'm saying is that the buying power of £10 is about the same as the buying power today of £30, and vinyl has kept pace with that seemingly.

Oh I thought housing and household services were included? Rent prices etc?
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Dec 30 2020, 10:28 AM) *
Oh I thought housing and household services were included? Rent prices etc?


Rent is included. Apologies, I thought that you meant house prices.

But yes, sadly most things have increased by around 3 times, it happens slowly so you wouldn't really notice it, but for example a loaf of bread has increased from 39p in 1985 to about £1.05 in 2019: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationand...eries/czoh/mm23
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But funnily Cd prices havent changed
Certainly they havent triplicated
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QUOTE(Doctor Blind @ Dec 30 2020, 10:33 AM) *
Rent is included. Apologies, I thought that you meant house prices.

But yes, sadly most things have increased by around 3 times, it happens slowly so you wouldn't really notice it, but for example a loaf of bread has increased from 39p in 1985 to about £1.05 in 2019: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationand...eries/czoh/mm23

I must confess I don’t notice food... some things just feel like they haven’t, maybe it’s swayed by perception as vinyl always used to be the same price as a CD and other formats where as now it’s significantly more expensive.
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post Dec 30 2020, 01:10 PM
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From BPI.

Cassettes reel in the fans
Though still only a fraction of overall recorded music, cassettes, typically released in limited edition format, now come as standard on many album releases. Final figures based on Official Charts data for 2020 will be confirmed on 4th January, but it is projected that around 157,000 tapes will have been purchased in the past 12 months – double the total of the year before and the highest amount since 2003, when 243,000 tapes were sold and Now 54 was the year’s biggest seller on the format. This would mark an eighth year of consecutive growth for the format, which is finding a new market among music enthusiasts of all ages who value its retro, collectable appeal.

Among the most popular titles released on cassette in 2020 were Lady Gaga’s Chromatica, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Calm, which to date is the year’s fastest-seller, Yungblud’s Weird, and The 1975’s Notes On A Conditional Form. Other artists to have reeled in the fans on the format include South Korean all-girl pop band Blackpink, Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Haim and not forgetting Kylie, whose 80s inspired Disco was a particular highlight of the year across all three main physical formats.
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post Dec 30 2020, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Dec 30 2020, 11:11 AM) *
I must confess I don’t notice food... some things just feel like they haven’t, maybe it’s swayed by perception as vinyl always used to be the same price as a CD and other formats where as now it’s significantly more expensive.


Yeh cds are one thing that have come down in price. I remember back when they were flying off the shelves in the early noighties they were sometimes 14.99 whereas by the start of the next decade they were 2 for a tenner as the format died. One factor is def the market and whether they are in demand.
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The top 40 highest-selling vinyl singles of the year have also been revealed:

1. All You’re Dreaming Of – Liam Gallagher
2. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
3. Living In A Ghost Town – Rolling Stones
4. Atmosphere – Joy Division
5. No Time To Die – Billie Eilish
6. Blue Monday – New Order
7. Transmission – Joy Division
8. Blue Moon Rising – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
9. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
10. Say Something – Kylie Minogue
11. Alabama Song – David Bowie
12. Texas Sun – Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
13. Magic – Kylie Minogue
14. All My Life – The Lathums
15. Keep ‘Em Alive – The Damned
16. 11 O’Clock Tick Tock – U2
17. Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
18. Be A Rebel – New Order
19. Gangsters – The Specials
20. Cop Syrup – Biffy Clyro
21. Trouble’s Coming – Royal Blood
22. Arnold Layne – Pink Floyd
23. Honey You Know Where To Find Me – Morrissey
24. Enola Gay – OMD
25. The Modern Leper – Biffy Clyro
26. My Future – Billie Eilish
27. Confusion – New Order
28. Turn The Heater On – New Order
29. Thieves Like Us – New Order
30. On Sunset – Paul Weller
31. A Hero’s Death – Fontaines D.C.
32. Murder – New Order
33. Christmas Eve (Soul Purpose) – Blossoms
34. You Are The Champions – Queen & Adam Lambert
35. We All Stand Together – Paul McCartney
36. Always – The Snuts
37. Girls And Boys – Blur
38. Kyoto – Phoebe Bridgers
39. Monkey Business – Pet Shop Boys
40. Vroom Vroom – Charli XCX
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And The Official Top 40 best-selling vinyl albums of 2020

POS TITLE - ARTIST
1 RUMOURS - FLEETWOOD MAC
2 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY - OASIS
3 BACK TO BLACK - AMY WINEHOUSE
4 NEVERMIND - NIRVANA
5 FINE LINE - HARRY STYLES
6 DISCO - KYLIE MINOGUE
7 GREATEST HITS - QUEEN
8 POWER UP - AC/DC
9 LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL - ARCTIC MONKEYS
10 ULTRA MONO - IDLES
11 MTV UNPLUGGED - LIAM GALLAGHER
12 LEGEND - BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
13 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON - PINK FLOYD
14 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO - BILLIE EILISH
15 ABBEY ROAD - BEATLES
16 DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT - LEWIS CAPALDI
17 A HERO'S DEATH - FONTAINES DC
18 CHROMATICA - LADY GAGA
19 LETTER TO YOU - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
20 THE BONNY - GERRY CINNAMON
21 THE STONE ROSES - STONE ROSES
22 FOLKLORE - TAYLOR SWIFT
23 THE SLOW RUSH - TAME IMPALA
24 HOT FUSS - KILLERS
25 LEGACY - DAVID BOWIE
26 A CELEBRATION OF ENDINGS - BIFFY CLYRO
27 ROUGH AND ROWDY WAYS - BOB DYLAN
28 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M - ARCTIC MONKEYS
29 DEFINITELY MAYBE - OASIS
30 NOTES ON A CONDITIONAL FORM - 1975
31 KIWANUKA - MICHAEL KIWANUKA
32 CLOSER - JOY DIVISION
33 AM - ARCTIC MONKEYS
34 MCCARTNEY III - PAUL MCCARTNEY
35 FUTURE NOSTALGIA - DUA LIPA
36 UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK - NIRVANA
37 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND - BEATLES
38 GOLD - GREATEST HITS - ABBA
39 UNKNOWN PLEASURES - JOY DIVISION
40 THE UNIVERSAL WANT - DOVES

©2021 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

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Ones I own:

2 WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY - OASIS
3 BACK TO BLACK - AMY WINEHOUSE
7 GREATEST HITS - QUEEN
14 WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO - BILLIE EILISH
15 ABBEY ROAD - BEATLES
18 CHROMATICA - LADY GAGA
22 FOLKLORE - TAYLOR SWIFT
28 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT - ARCTIC MONKEYS
29 DEFINITELY MAYBE - OASIS
33 AM - ARCTIC MONKEYS
35 FUTURE NOSTALGIA - DUA LIPA
37 SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND - BEATLES

Long live the vinyl wub.gif good to see 'Abbey Road' carrying over well into 2020 after the big anniversary boost for it the previous year.
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I own:

10. Say Something – Kylie Minogue
13. Magic – Kylie Minogue

1 RUMOURS - FLEETWOOD MAC (My mum's copy from the 70s)
5 FINE LINE - HARRY STYLES
6 DISCO - KYLIE MINOGUE (I own three different versions of this: Signed/Blue vinyl, Turquoise vinyl, Glow in the Dark double vinyl)
18 CHROMATICA - LADY GAGA (Picture Disc)
22 FOLKLORE - TAYLOR SWIFT (Meet Me Behind the Mall - Grey vinyl)
35 FUTURE NOSTALGIA - DUA LIPA (Pink vinyl)
38 GOLD - GREATEST HITS - ABBA (I bought this in 2018)

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