Liam Gallagher, Muse Among UK’s Vinyl Best Sellers Of 2022
Liam Gallagher, Muse, Fleetwood Mac and Taylor Swift are among the artists responsible for the biggest year for vinyl sales in the UK since 1990.
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This year vinyl album sales are expected to grow for the 15th consecutive year to about 5.5m, the most since 1990, with the 80,000 copies of Swift’s Midnights the most of any album in a calendar year this century. The figures mean that the annual revenues made by the sale of vinyl album sales are above the once-mighty CD for the first time since 1987.
“It’s a watershed moment for the entire music industry,” says Kim Bayley, the chief executive of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). “After the CD came along and pretty much wiped out the vinyl business, few of us would have believed a renaissance like this was possible.”
“Will the CD disappear? Of course its prospects don’t look good right now, but it offers a permanence and robustness and quality which is unique,” says Bayley. “Given how wrong we were about vinyl, it would be foolish to write off the CD for ever.”
“As the LP marks its 75th anniversary in 2023, it’s as relevant as ever,” says Geoff Taylor, the chief executive of music industry trade body the BPI. “In an age of streaming, physical music purchases remain an essential and healthy part of the music market.”
Cassette sales, which hit 185,000 last year, are expected to be up year on year as the format continues to experience its own mini revival.
UK’s Top 10 bestselling vinyl albums of 2022
1. Midnights – Taylor Swift
2. Harry’s House – Harry Styles
3. The Car – Arctic Monkeys
4. C’mon You Know – Liam Gallagher
5. Wet Leg – Wet Leg
6. Will of the People – Muse
7. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
8. Skinny Fia – Fontaines DC
9. Being Funny in A Foreign Language – 1975
10. AM – Arctic Monkeys