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UK vinyl album sales hit record high in 2019


For the 12th consecutive year, vinyl sales in the UK industry has experienced a continued increase.

Now, new data released by BPI reveals that UK vinyl sales in the past 12 months have increased by 4.1%, further establishing the vinyl revival. According to the statistics, 4.3million LP were sold in the UK during 2019.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher topped the chart, his solo record Why Me? Why Not sold in excess of 29,000 copies. In close second is teenage pop sensation Billie Eilish whose debut album When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go proved immensely popular.

“British music proved once again in 2019 that it has a bright future,” Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive BPI and BRIT Awards, is quoted as saying. “Strong demand for streaming music and vinyl, fuelled by the investment and innovation of UK labels in discovering and promoting new talent, boosted music consumption to levels not seen for 15 years.

“But the full benefits of this growth can only be unlocked if our new Government takes action to make the UK more competitive and encourage further investment, to require digital platforms to pay fairly for music and filter out illegal content, and to give all our schoolchildren the opportunity to play an instrument and discover the joy of making music.”

UK’s top-selling vinyl albums of 2019

  1. Liam Gallagher – Why Me? Why Not?
  2. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go
  3. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
  4. Queen – Greatest Hits
  5. Beatles – Abbey Road
  6. Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent
  7. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
  8. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
  9. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
  10. David Bowie – Legacy
  11. Sam Fender – Hypersonic Missiles
  12. Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory
  13. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – Ost
  14. Nirvana – Nevermind
  15. Motion Picture Cast Recording – The Greatest Showman
  16. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
  17. Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
  18. Who – Who
  19. Coldplay – Everyday Life
  20. Original Soundtrack – Guardians Of The Galaxy – Awesome Mix 1
  21. Billie Eilish – Don’t Smile At Me
  22. Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Pt 1
  23. Harry Styles – Fine Line
  24. Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  25. Fontaines Dc – Dogrel
  26. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
  27. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
  28. Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
  29. Gerry Cinnamon – Erratic Cinematic
  30. Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Pt 2
  31. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend
  32. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  33. Catfish & The Bottlemen – The Balance
  34. Kylie Minogue – Step Back In Time – The Definitive
  35. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  36. Specials – Encore
  37. Ed Sheeran – No 6 Collaborations Project
  38. Abba – Gold – Greatest Hits
  39. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
  40. Jeff Wayne – The War Of The Worlds