The Top 10 Weeks of Vinyl Album Sales in the Modern Era – Billboard

As the comeback of music on vinyl continues in the United States, a new modern-era sales record is seemingly broken every few months. More recently, Harry Styles Harry’s house sold 182,000 copies on vinyl in its first week in the United States, breaking the record for the biggest weekly sales of an album on vinyl since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991.

The record he broke was set last November – by Taylor’s Swift’s debut Red [Taylor’s Version], with 114,000 vinyls in the first week). With that, Swift had broken her own record, set a few months earlier, on the May 2021 release of Still on vinyl (102,000).

In total, the 10 best-selling weeks for a vinyl album in the modern era (again, since Luminate began tracking sales in 1991) have all occurred within the last 12 months. So, it’s highly likely that by the end of 2022, this roundup could be turned upside down by the arrival of a number of upcoming albums on vinyl.

The best-selling week for a vinyl LP since 1991 is, as noted, Styles’ first frame Harry’s house (182,000; week ending May 26, 2022). The first five weeks are completed by the first weeks of Red (Taylor’s version) (114,000; week ending November 18, 2021), Adele’s 30 (108,000; week ending November 25, 2021), Swift’s Still (102,000; week ending June 3, 2021) and Olivia Rodrigo’s Acid (76,000; week ending August 26, 2021).

Numbers 6 and 7 in the ranking are Billie Eilish’s first week happier than ever (73,000; week ending August 5, 2021) and Swift’s Fearless (Taylor version) (67,000; week ending October 7, 2021). At numbers 8 and 9 are Adele’s fifth and second week 30 (59,000 and 50,500; weeks ending December 23 and December 2, 2021, respectively) and Tyler, the Creator’s debut Call me if you get lost (nearly 50,000; week ending April 21, 2022).

So far in 2022 (through May 26), 41% of all albums sold in the United States have been on vinyl. And, 2022 is expected to mark the 17th consecutive year of growth in US vinyl album sales format for US album purchases.

Jack L. Goldstein