- US record sales in the first half of 2020 totalled $232.1 million, nearly double the $129.9 million raked in from CD sales, according to estimates from the Recording Industry Association of America.
- It is the first time vinyl records have outperformed CDs since the 1980s.
- The best-selling vinyl albums in the first half of 2020 included releases by Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, and Queen’s “Greatest Hits” album, data from Nielsen Music and MRC Data shows.
- Digital subscription and streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube made up 85% of all recorded music revenue. Only 7% was from physical music , such as records and CDs.
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US music-lovers are spending more money on vinyl records than CDs for the first time since the 1980s, new data shows.
LP and EP sales totalled $232.1 million in the first half of 2020 — almost