In the United States, vinyl sales are back ahead of CD sales, for the first time since 1986.
Back in the 1980s. In the United States, vinyl sales brought in more than CD sales, which had not happened since 1986, according to the annual report of the American Music Industry Association (RIAA ). In 2020, CD sales brought in $ 483 million, and vinyl sales $ 626 million.
While sales of music on physical media remain stable, between 2019 and 2020, the share of vinyl increased by 28.7%, while CD sales fell by -23% over the same period. Vinyls have certainly exceeded CDs in value, but not in number. 31.6 million albums on CD were sold in 2020, compared to 22.9 million albums on vinyl.
Same trend in France
Americans are also not very keen on music on physical media. Streaming represents 83% of music revenues and downloads 6%, which leaves a small share of 9% to music on CDs or vinyls.
In France, we observe the same trend. According to the Snep (National Union of Phonographic Publishers), vinyl generated 64.4 million euros in turnover in 2019 (+ 12% in one year) and represents 20% of physical sales.
A sign of the times, in France, almost all of the musical offer is released again on vinyl, which was no longer the case.
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