Vinyl overtakes Playstation games as UK’s second best-selling physical format – News

Vinyl has overtaken Playstation games, DVDs and CDs as the second most popular form of physical entertainment in the UK.

New data from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) shows that the rapid increase in revenue from vinyl album sales is rapidly making it one of the most popular forms of physical entertainment in the UK.

The sale of vinyl albums brings in more revenue than the sale of Playstation 4 and 5 games combined, as ERA reports that vinyl records have brought in £80.9m so far this year.

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This figure has risen from £72.1million at the same time last year, showing that vinyl’s popularity has increased very recently.

Over the same period, sales of Playstation 4 and 5 games have increased, but only to £79.6m from £74.7m in 2021.

Nintendo Switch games are the only physical entertainment format that has generated more revenue than vinyl albums. However, Nintendo Switch game sales are down 12.5% ​​year over year, while vinyl sales are up 12.2%.

“The rise and rise of vinyl seems unstoppable,” says ERA CEO Kim Bayley. “For a 74-year-old analog format to eclipse the technology of the digital era of gaming platforms is quite extraordinary. Ten years after its long return to favor, the vinyl revival is definitely here to stay.”

Revenue from CD sales has fallen 8.1% since 2021, to £68.9m so far in 2022. Vinyl albums have therefore earned £12m more in 2022 than albums CD.

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This data joins a host of other research highlighting the recent popularity of vinyl in the UK.

Separate research conducted by The Royal Mint also found that 32% of all vinyl collectors in the UK reside in Glasgow, which beats the entire North East region of England – which has 25% of all vinyl collectors.

In December 2021, it was reported that UK vinyl sales had reached their highest level in 30 years, surpassing five million for the first time since 1991, thanks to albums by Adele, ABBA and Ed Sheeran.

Sales increased by 8% compared to 2020, marking the 14th consecutive year of growth for the format.

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