Vinyl record sales leap by 55%

August 16, 2011 — Article

Vinyl record sales leapt by 55% year-on-year in the first six months of 2011.

Radiohead’s The King Of Limbs

Albums by Radiohead, Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye and Adele led the way, as sales for January to June reached 168,296, up from 108,307 for the same period in 2010.

Further encouragement for the record industry came as the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), which produced the figures, also revealed the average album spend to be £16.30 for vinyl compared to £7.82 for CD and £6.80 for digital releases.

Radiohead’s King of Limbs was the number one selling vinyl album this year with 20,771 copies sold.

Vinyl sales have been rising steadily year-on-year since 2007, with increases in limited edition versions, extra album artwork and special initiatives such as Record Store Day all credited with boosting sales.

Top 10 Vinyl Albums January – June 2011

1 Radiohead – The King of Limbs

2 Beady Eye – Different Gear Still Speeding

3 Adele – 21

4 Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See

5 Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys

6 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

7 Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

8 Noah & The Whale – Last Night On Earth

9 Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?

10 Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

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