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LP/EP shipments in the U.S. 1998-2018

LP/EP shipments in the United States from 1998 to 2018 (in millions)

LP/EP shipments in the U.S. 1998-2018 The statistic above shows LP / EP shipments in the United States from 1998 to 2018. In 2018, 16.7 million LPs and EPs were shipped in the U.S., up from 15.6 million a year earlier. Whilst the 2018 figure does not quite match that of 2015, sales of LPs and EPs still look to be steadily increasing, in contrast to CD albums which are in decline. In 2018 just 52 million CDs were shipped in the U.S., a drop of almost 38 million since 2017.
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LP/EP shipments in the United States from 1998 to 2018 (in millions)

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The statistic above shows LP / EP shipments in the United States from 1998 to 2018. In 2018, 16.7 million LPs and EPs were shipped in the U.S., up from 15.6 million a year earlier. Whilst the 2018 figure does not quite match that of 2015, sales of LPs and EPs still look to be steadily increasing, in contrast to CD albums which are in decline. In 2018 just 52 million CDs were shipped in the U.S., a drop of almost 38 million since 2017.
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Release date
February 2019
Region
United States
Survey time period
1998 to 2018
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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