Vinyl sales highest for 15 years

BPI figures show that vinyl album sales for 2013 were the highest since 1997, with Arctic Monkeys' AM the bestselling vinyl

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Vinyl sales are at their highest level for 15 years, according to figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Official Charts Company.

Just over 780,000 vinyl albums were sold in 2013 – the largest number since 817,000 were sold in 1997. The 2013 figure also constitutes a 101 per cent rise on 2012 sales.

British rock group Arctic Monkeys's AM was the biggest selling vinyl album of the year, ahead of Daft Punk's Random Access Memoriesand David Bowie's The Next Day.

The biggest-selling album across all formats in 2013 was Now That's What I Call Music 86, which sold 1.1m copies, while the biggest-selling album by an individual artist was One Direction's Midnight Memories, which sold 685,000 copies in the six weeks it was out at the end of the year.

One Direction follow Emeli Sandé (2012), Adele (2011) and Take That (2010) as another British act to have the year's bestselling non-complation album.


Read the full article here at The Telegraph.

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