LP/EP shipments in the U.S. 1998-2019

In 2019, 19.1 million LPs and EPs were shipped in the United States, up from 16.7 million a year earlier. Sales of LPs and EPs have been steadily increasing since 2016 as the format underwent a resurgence in popularity, in contrast to CD albums sales which are in decline.

LP/EP shipments in the United States from 1998 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

1998 to 2019

Special properties

net shipments after returns

Supplementary notes

LP stands for 'long play' vinyl record.
EP stands for 'extended play', a musical recording that contains more than a single, but less than a full album.
Figures for the period 1998 to 2016 were taken from RIAA's earlier publications.

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