Twenty One Pilots tops vinyl sellers for Nielsen, vinyl up overall

News / January 8, 2017

According to Billboard and Nielsen, U.S. vinyl sales were up again in 2016, finishing at 13.1 million records. This was up 10% from 2015, in which 11.8 million records were sold, and this is the 11th straight year of growth in the U.S. In a sign of slow down, though, the 10 percent rise was the “smallest year-over-year percentage gain for the format since 2006, when the rise was less than 1 percent.” Let’s keep an eye on that.

A couple more vinyl facts, along with the top 10 selling vinyl records of the year:

  • Vinyl sales were 6.5 percent of albums sold in 2016.
  • Vinyl sales were 11 percent of physical albums sold. Both of those numbers are up.
  • Rock was 69 percent of the sales.

1.  Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface 68,000 (copies)
2. David Bowie, Blackstar 66,000
3. Adele, 25 58,000
4. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black 58,000
5. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool 57,000
6. The Beatles, Abbey Road 54,000
7. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend: The Best Of… 49,000
8. Twenty One Pilots, Vessel 46,000
9. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue 42,000
10. Lana Del Rey, Born to Die 39,000


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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.






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