UK vinyl sales predicted to exceed four million in 2017

With the wider scale revival of vinyl over the past few years, the BPI is predicting that sales of the format will exceed four million by the end of the year. This will be the highest figure since it began collecting date in the early ’90s, marking it as the biggest year for vinyl sale since the late 1980’s.

Albums from Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, and Rag N Bone Man have been some of the most successful releases on vinyl this year, with reissues of classic albums from The Smiths, Amy Winehouse, and more all achieving great sales over the course of the year.

“A strong year for new releases from artists such as Ed Sheeran and Rag’n’Bone Man has been followed up with a really strong back end, with the Gallagher brothers driving the LP sales into the final quarter,”said John Hirst, music manage for retail chain, HMV. “Sales also continue to soar across our back catalogue, perhaps as people use streaming as a discovery tool alongside wanting to browse and collect physical music formats.”

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