Vinyl become UK’s second best-selling physical entertainment format in 2022, according to new research. According to Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) data, Vinyl sales have reached a 30-year high, with wax overtaking PlayStation games, DVDs, and CDs as the second most popular form of physical entertainment in the UK.
Overtaking PlayStation games in the process.
So far, in 2022, vinyl has generated $93.2 million in sales, with Glasgow reporting the most vinyl collectors, accounting for 32% of the sales. CD sales have declined by 8.1 percent when compared to the same period last year.
According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), more than 5 million vinyl records were sold last year, an 8 per cent increase on 2020. It marked the 14th year in a row that the format has increased sales, with vinyl records making up 23 per cent of all albums sold.
The biggest-selling vinyl album of 2021 was
- ABBA’s comeback record ‘Voyage’
- Adele‘s huge ’30’ and
- Sam Fender‘s ‘Seventeen Going Under’ – NME’s Album Of The Year
Of course, the last piece of the puzzle is assessing what item holds the number 1 spot for physical formats and that honor belongs to Nintendo Switch. While Switch sales are still ahead of vinyl records, they took a major hit in recent months and have seen a 12.5% decrease in value over the period. The continued resurgence of vinyl certainly seems here to stay and ERA CEO Kim Bayley seems to agree, “Vinyl’s rise and rise seems unstoppable.
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