Sales of plastic discs with inscribed grooves reached a 25-year high.
Not since Simply Red’s Stars graced the charts in 1991 have Brits bought as many vinyl records as they did last year.
A whopping 3.2 million records were sold in 2016, up 53% on sales in 2015.
The resurgence is linked to our hunger for the physical – in this case physical music collections – in our increasingly digital lives.
“Led by sales of David Bowie, demand for vinyl jumped to levels not seen since the start of the Nineties,” said Geoff Taylor CEO of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
Indeed five of Bowie’s albums jumped into the vinyl charts following his death, with Mercury Prize-shortlisted Blackstar becoming 2016’s most popular vinyl.
Top 10 vinyl albums of 2016
While vinyl’s resurgence is impressive, streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music continued to dominate our consumption of music in 2016.
Every household in Britain streamed the equivalent of 1,500 songs in 2016, adding up to a record-breaking total of 45 billion songs being streamed.
Amazingly these streaming music figures, collected by the BPI, don’t include music videos watched on YouTube – which, if included, would likely double these figures.
Sales of CDs, on the other hand, continued to collapse with just 47.3m CDs bought last year, a drop of 11.7% on 2015’s sales.
Top 10 songs streamed in 2016
So in 2017, will you be embracing the physical with some vinyl? Or living a streaming digital life?
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