The Vinyl Revival continues as sales rise again in 2017 while CD and digital download sales drop

Can you believe the biggest selling record album of 2017 yet was originally published over five decades ago? More on that later.

There is something to be said about the snap, crackle, pop sound of a vinyl record when you drop the needle onto the LP, short for long play. The quality of the music is elevated. There is a vintage feel to it.

Whether it is a hipster trend, or simply the production of sound on vinyl, people continue to purchase records in 2017. In fact, sales have climbed 2 percent from the previous year, while CDs and digital downloads have fallen roughly 20 percent.

So what was the best selling LP of 2017 so far? It is the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, which sold 39,000 copies and has received a deluxe vinyl reissue, complete with previously unreleased tracks. Other artists and albums folks love hearing on vinyl include Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, Ed Sheeran, Prince, and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. The second and third highest selling vinyl albums of 2017 are both soundtracks. La La Land and Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 each sold over 30,000 copies.

All hail the vinyl revival!

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.