According to new figures released by the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association, sales of vinyl albums climbed 55% in the first half of 2011.
That’s sounds impressive, but it only means 168,296 vinyl records. Still, that’s better than the 108,307 a year earlier.
Leading the resurrection is Radiohead who sold 20,000 copies of The King of Limbs, which means they accounted for more than one in ten of every vinyl album sold in the UK (11.9%, if you’re a stickler for numbers). Next is Beady Eye’s Different Gear, Still Speeding (2,374) followed by Adele’s 21 (2,317).
In America, 1.88 million vinyl records were sold in the first sixth months of the year. That’s 41.2% better than 2010 but still just 1.2% of all album sales.
Vinyl may be the format for music obsessives and will forevermore be a niche format, but it’s certainly not as dead as expected.