July 18, 2022
A small increase on last year’s figures.
Sales of vinyl LPs in the US rose to 19.4 million for the first six months of 2022, according to a report by Luminate Data. This figure represents just over 53% of all
36.5 million physical album sales in the US so far this year.
The slight bump (from 19.2 million in the same period last year) suggests a slow down in the rapid 51% growth recorded across the whole of 2021.
Sales in the first half of this year have skewed away from existing catalogue releases and towards newer releases. Former One Direction member Harry Styles broke the modern-era record for first-week physical album sales earlier this year, shifting 183,000 copies of his third studio album, Harry’s House, in May.
The report unearths distinct demographic trends too. Among women, the younger Gen Z audience accounts for 34% of sales; while the older Millennial and Gen X generations tend to do the bulk of the buying on the men’s side, with 31% apiece.