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UK vinyl sales in 2020 are the highest in nearly 30 years

UK vinyl sales have reached a close to a 30-year high, as sales reach their highest point since the Britpop boom.

The end-of-year figures released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) show that sales have still climbed despite the United Kingdom facing two national coronavirus lockdowns that have shut down independent record shops. 2020 is the 13th consecutive year that vinyl sales have continued to surge in the UK, and it’s now at the highest point since the early ’90s.

The new figures show that almost one in five (18%) of all albums bought in 2020 were vinyl, with a staggering 4.8 million vinyl LPs purchased. These new numbers are 10% up on 2019’s figures, and the BPI has said it has been helped by LoveRecordStoresTim’s Twitter Online Listening Parties, Record Store Day, The Record Club and National Album Day.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of BPI, has commented: “In a year when all our lives have changed, music’s power to inspire has never been more evident. The immediacy and convenience of streaming make it the go-to audio format for most of our listening, but more and more fans choose to get closer to their favourite artists and albums on vinyl.

“It’s remarkable that LP and audio tape sales should have risen at all given the challenges we’ve all faced. The surge in sales despite retail closures demonstrates the timeless appeal of collectable physical formats alongside the seamless connectivity of streaming.”

See the list of best-selling records, below.

The predicted best-selling vinyl LPs of 2020:

  1. Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours’
  2. Oasis – ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’
  3. Amy Winehouse – ‘Back To Black’
  4. Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’
  5. Harry Styles – ‘Fine Line’
  6. Kylie Minogue – ‘Disco’
  7. AC/DC – ‘Power Up’
  8. Queen – ‘Greatest Hits’
  9. IDLES – ‘Ultra Mono’
  10. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’

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