Thursday, October 20, 2011


Strong sales of Radiohead, Adele and Arctic Monkeys' recent albums have helped to see vinyl LPs record their best sales figures for six years in the U.K.

According to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company's new figures, sales of vinyl albums in 2011 have already outsold the total for the whole of 2010, with over 240,000 LPs shifted, compared to 234,000 in 2010. Not huge numbers, but signs that some music buyers still love the sound of vinyl.

Radiohead's The King of Limbs has sold more than 20,000 copies alone, more than 10 times what Adele's 21 has sold, the second best-selling album on vinyl of 2010. Other artists enjoying strong vinyl sales are PJ Harvey, Beady Eye and Bon Iver.

In the U.S., Nielsen SoundScan says vinyl records, with almost three million sold, was the fastest growing music format in 2010. By June 2011 the number of vinyl albums sold was 40 percent greater than the same period last year. But still, vinyl sales in the U.S. are tiny compared to overall CD and MP3/download sales.

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