Sales of vinyl in the UK have exceeded three million for the first time since 1991, when ‘Stars’ by Simply Red was the biggest selling record of the year.
Over 3.2 million records were sold in 2016, seeing a rise of 53% on the previous year, according to the BPI. The vinyl market has now seen nine consecutive years of growth since its resurgence began in 2007.
‘Blackstar’ by David Bowie was the most popular selling vinyl of the past year, shifting over twice as many copies as ’25’ by Adele, 2015’s biggest selling record.
Despite the increase in sales though, vinyl still only makes up 2.6% of all music purchases, while both CD’s and downloads have witnessed a rapid drop in market share in recent years.
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On the other hand, streaming services enjoyed a record year with approximately 45 billion audio streams counted throughout 2016. Streams during one week in December even surpassed the one billion mark for the first time.
If the BPI included music listened to on YouTube in their numbers, it is estimated that streaming figures for the UK would most likely double.
Interestingly, according to a poll conducted by the BBC/ICM last year, despite those who stream music being more likely to buy vinyl, 48% of those surveyed stated that they didn’t play the records they bought, with another 7% admitting they didn’t even own a turntable.
Top 10 Vinyl Albums of 2016:
01. David Bowie – Blackstar
02. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
03. Various Artists – Guardians of the Galaxy Mix 1
04. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
05. Fleetwood – Mac Rumours
06. The Stone Roses – Stone Roses
07. Bob Marley – Legend
08. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
09. Prince – Purple Rain
10. Nirvana – Nevermind