Over 19 million vinyl records sold in the US so far in 2022

More than 19.4 million vinyl records have been sold in the United States so far this year, according to a new report.

The data of Luminate says that number represents just over half, 53%, of all U.S. physical music sales (36.5 million) for the first six months of 2022. That’s slightly higher than 2021 numbers from 19.2 million sales from the same people, which was a 108% increase in vinyl sales over the same period of 2020 and marked a 30-year high for vinyl sales.

Luminate thanks pop star Harry Styles for breaking the modern-era record for most vinyl sales in one week with the release of his city ​​pop inspired third album, ‘Harry’s House’. The report also highlights Tyler, The Creator, for selling 50,000 copies of his album “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST”, the vinyl version of which was released 10 months after the digital premiere.

The report also notes a generational shift with the preference for vinyl. Gen Z women tend to make the bulk of vinyl purchases, with 34% of purchases, while Gen Y and Gen X men lead their generation at 31%.

Vinyl’s continuing, albeit slowing, resurgence is putting further pressure on already stretched vinyl makers – read Will Pritchard’s in-depth article on the challenges of the vinyl revival here.

Meanwhile, a new Taiwanese pressing plant is experimenting with limited-run pressing and other small-batch formats to potentially ease the pressure on independent labels releasing vinyl – Declan McGlynn reports on Mobineko here.

Read the full Luminate report here.

Jack L. Goldstein