Gross sales of vinyl topped three million in 2016, the very best complete since 1991, music trade figures reveal.

Vinyl gross sales topped three million final 12 months, the very best within the in 25 years, officers mentioned. In keeping with the British Phonographic Business (BPI) -- recorded music trade's commerce affiliation -- greater than three.2 million information have been bought in 2016, an increase of 53 per cent on the earlier 12 months, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
David Bowie's "Blackstar" was the most well-liked album on vinyl, promoting greater than double the variety of copies of 2015's biggest-seller, Adele's "25". The final time vinyl fared so properly within the was in 1991. Nonetheless, vinyl nonetheless solely accounts for two.6 per cent of the general music market -- and whereas it continues to get pleasure from a resurgence, gross sales of CDs and downloads are falling quickly, the BPI mentioned. A complete of 47.three million CDs have been purchased in 2016, a drop of 11.7 per cent, whereas downloads plummeted by 29.6 per cent, with simply 18.1 million albums purchased on-line. 4 years in the past, when the obtain market was at its peak, that determine was 32.6 million. Now, customers are more and more turning to streaming companies. General, the music market grew by 1.5 per cent over the course of 2016, the BPI added.