Vinyl record sales surge past CDs for first time since the 80s

by Peter Heck · Sep 15th, 2020 9:38 am
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Last Updated Sep 16th, 2020 at 10:30 am

Vinyl records are making a comeback.

According to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America, vinyl record sales have outperformed the sale of CDs in the United States this year, a feat that has not occurred since the 1980s.

For the first six months of 2020, CD sales in the country topped out just under $130 million. Vinyl records almost doubled that amount, bringing in $232.1 million in sales.

While the rest of the music industry, from physical stores to concerts, has taken a devastating financial hit due to the pandemic, vinyl sales have continued the steady climb they have been on since 2005. While CD revenue dropped a staggering 48% in 2020, vinyl sales grew by 4%.

The top selling music format continues to be streaming audio, which has encompassed 85% of all music industry revenue.


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