UK cassette sales double in 2020
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UK cassette sales double in 2020

It has been revealed that the number of cassette sales in the UK have double in 2020.

The UK’s growth in cassette sales is remarkable in comparison to the States, a market where there has been a steady increase with their market growing 35% in recent years, with over 219,000 tapes sold in 2018 alone.

That’s just a drop in the ocean compared to Britain’s increase in consumption however, where, according to the Official Charts company, sales have more than doubled in 2020.

The top five is topped by 5 Seconds of Summer’s CALM which was the Australian band’s chart-topping fourth album which is also the fastest-selling cassette in almost 18 years and shifted 12,000 units in its first week on sale alone. The last time an album scored that many cassette sales in seven days was NOW 52 back in July 2002.

Other entries in the top 20 include Lady Gaga’s Chromatica, The 1975’s Notes on a Conditional Form, Selena Gomez’s Rare, and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia. Ozzy Osborne comes in at six, The Strokes take 13, and Tame Impala drops in at 17.

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