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LP album sales in the U.S. 1993-2019

Data on vinyl album sales in the United States from 1993 to 2019 shows consistent growth since 2006, and in 2019 a total of 18.84 million vinyl albums were sold, up 14.5 percent from the previous year.

LP/vinyl sales - additional information

Vinyl records, or LPs (short for Long Play), dominated the music recording industry for most of the twentieth century, holding their own against cassette tapes between the 1970s and 1990s, but sales of the compact disc (or CD), introduced in 1983, outpaced LP sales by the end of the 1980s. LPs have been enjoying a comeback in recent years, and the vinyl record is the only format of music available that has recorded positive sales growth from 2009 to 2017. This is impressive, especially because the overall number of albums sold in all formats has been decreasing since at least 2007. This is not because music piracy is replacing music purchasing — in fact, a recent study showed that those individuals who engage in pirating have more legally purchased music in their collections than those who do not use P2P sites to share music.

The LP market, while growing, is still a niche market. The number of vinyl records shipped in 2017 is significantly less than the number of CDs, partially due to the market for vinyl consisting mainly of DJs, collectors, and audiophiles. DJs prefer the LP to most other formats due to its versatility and the ability to directly manipulate the record. Many audiophiles and collectors argue that the sound quality of the vinyl record is better than that of digitally recorded music, and new releases of older albums, such as those by the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, are particularly popular. Modern artists from Mumford & Sons to Justin Timberlake also utilize the LP format. Ed Sheeran's album ''Divide" sold a total of 62 thousand units on vinyl in 2017.

LP/vinyl album sales in the United States from 1993 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures other than for 2019 come from previous Nielsen & Billboard's reports.

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