U.S. vinyl sales top 19 million for first six months of 2022 – News

A new report reveals that vinyl sales exceeded 19.4 million for the first six months of 2022.

According to research by Luminate this amount represents just over half, or 53%, of all physical music sales (36.5 million) in the United States in the first six months of 2022.

This figure is slightly higher than the 19.2 million sales of the same consumers in 2021, a 108% increase in vinyl sales compared to the same period in 2020 and a 30-year high for vinyl sales.

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Sales in the first half of this year were largely driven by recent releases rather than older catalog titles. Harry Styles sold 183,000 copies of its third studio album, “Harry’s House,” in its first week of release in May, breaking the previous record for first-week physical album sales in recent years.

The Luminate report also points out that Tyler, The Creator’s “CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST” album, sold on vinyl, also contributed greatly to this figure.

The vinyl issue of this album sold 50,000 copies – 10 months after the album was released digitally – allowing Tyler to break the record for most vinyl sales in a week for an album by rap since Luminate began tracking sales stats in 1991.

Luminate’s report shows that vinyl sales of the current album (such as the Harry Styles album) have increased by 27.4% since last year, but sales of catalog vinyl albums have decreased by 8.4% compared to the same period last year.

Independent stores and online retailers still dominate the market, accounting for 52% and 31% of all vinyl sales, respectively.

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However, he also found that because places like Target and Walmart aggressively stock and market vinyl products, especially with their own exclusive variations, it contributes to increased vinyl sales. This is another illustration of the increased value of vinyl in the context of consumer culture.

According to data from the Recording Industry Association of America, 2021 revenue increased 61% from 2020 to $1 billion. The last time this was seen was in 1986.

In October, Mixmag published an in-depth investigation into the rise and fall of vinyl. He concludes and ultimately argues that the vinyl industry in its current state is unsustainable and that there is a shortage of resources and an increasing number of labels abandoning vinyl releases altogether. Read it here.

You can read Luminate’s full report breaking down US music sales and music trade statistics here.

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Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag’s digital intern, follow her on Twitter

Jack L. Goldstein