Vinyl-Album Sales Keep On Spinning

Q1 unit sales up 53 percent, maintaining 2014 growth rate
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New York — Vinyl-album sales continued to surge in the first quarter, rising 53 percent in units compared with the year-ago quarter, Nielsen found.

The surge was driven by a 66 percent increase in catalog album sales on vinyl, but sales of current releases on vinyl were also up 37 percent during the period.

Vinyl album sales in the U.S. have grown 260 percent since 2009, and in 2014, vinyl recorded its ninth consecutive year of sales growth. In 2014, 9.2 million units sold, up 52 percent, to account for 6 percent of physical album sales, Nielsen said.

“Vinyl remains a viable way for music fans to listen to both new and classic albums,” Nielsen said.

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