Vinyl record sales increase by 41 percent

News / July 8, 2011

And this is why I started this site. Vinyl record sales continued to increase, according to the Nielsen SoundScan 2011 Midyear Report. They went from 1.3 million albums sold last year at the midway point, to 1.9 million sold this year.

Here are the top 10 sellers:

1. Abbey Road — The Beatles (20,200)
2. Helplessness Blues — Fleet Foxes (20,200)
3. King of Limbs — Radiohead (15,400)
4. Sigh No More — Mumford & Sons (14,800)
5. Tomboy — Panda Bear (11,500)
6. Bon Iver — Bon Iver (10,900)
7. The King Is Dead — The Decemberists (8,300)
8. Chinese Democracy — Guns ‘N Roses (8,200)
9. Angels — The Strokes (7,900)
10. The People’s Key — Bright Eyes (7,900)

Bon Iver should continue to climb this list as his record was just released and it never ceases to amaze me how much staying power that number one artist seems to have. Doesn’t everyone have that record by now?

Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.