Record sales last year record sales beat out cd sales. As CD and digital sales decline in the wake of streaming services, vinyl sales continue to rise. Record sales have seen a 250% growth since 2009. While CDs sit on shelves, vinyl supply is having a hard time keeping up with demand. It may not have seemed possible 10 years ago, but vinyl is back.
Why are record shops making a comeback? Annie Mikaelsen from The Groove Record Shop says, ‘it’s the sound. ‘Music on a CD is compressed which means you can miss instrumentals, and voice attributes. A Cd is more of a flat, one dimensional sound. Young people love the sound and the process of holding and seeing the liner notes along with the cover art. Even cleaning the album and putting it on the turntable is cool.’
According to Nielsen Music, Vinyl LP sales accounted for 14 percent of all physical album sales in 2017, The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” top selling vinyl LP. Over 14 million dollars. Hellva comeback friends.