And the Biggest-Selling Vinyl Record of 2017 So Far Is…Really?

We’re a quarter of the way through 2017, which means record labels and music industry observers have some stats on where things stand so far. Factmag reports on the top-selling vinyl records so far this year in Canada. Who’s buying all those La La Land records?

1 Mother Mother – No Culture

2 La La Land soundtrack

3 Gord Downie – Secret Path

4 The XX – I See You

5 Ed Sheeran – Divide

6 The Lumineers – Cleopatra

7 Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

8 Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend

9 Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

10 Metallica -Hardwired…To Self-Destruct

Let’s move to the US:

1. La La Land Soundtrack (25,000 sales)

2. Bob Marley and The Wailers – Legend (16,000)’

3. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (16,000)

4. Ed Sheeran – ÷ (15,000)

5. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (14,000)

6. The Killers – Hot Fuss (14,000)

7. The Beatles – Abbey Road (13,000)

8. Ryan Adams – Prisoner (13,000)

9. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface (13,000)

10. The xx – I See You (13,000)

And here’s what selling in the UK according to the Official Charts Company.

1 DIVIDE ED SHEERAN
2 BACK TO BLACK AMY WINEHOUSE
3 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
4 HUMAN RAG’N’BONE MAN
5 ABBEY ROAD BEATLES
6 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC
7 I SEE YOU XX
8 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – AWESOME MIX 1 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
9 THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON PINK FLOYD
10 PULP FICTION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
11 LEGEND BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS
12 NEVERMIND NIRVANA
13 BLACKSTAR DAVID BOWIE
14 AM ARCTIC MONKEYS
15 GREATEST HITS QUEEN
16 LITTLE FICTIONS ELBOW
17 X ED SHEERAN
18 WISH YOU WERE HERE PINK FLOYD
19 SGT PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND BEATLES
20 WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY OASIS

Digging deeper, it seems that the demand for new vinyl is tapering off. After averaging annual growth of 38% between 2012 and 2015, things are just up 3.2% this year. However, sales at the biggest maker of turntables in the world are up 400%.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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