More than three million records were sold in 2016, new statistics say.
More than 3.2 million records were sold in 2016, according to statistics published by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry). This represents a rise of 53% on 2015 and the highest vinyl sales figure since 1991. The top-selling LP was David Bowie's Blackstar. Most of the remaining top 10 were older albums, including Prince's Purple Rain.
Despite the increase, vinyl sales still represent a small portion—2.6%—of the UK's total music market, with streaming continuing to dominate. The BPI says there were 45 billion audio streams in 2016, a figure that doesn't include YouTube. CD sales fell by 11.7%, while download sales dropped 29.6%. The statistics also show that the music market as a whole grew by 1.5% in 2016, with a retail value of roughly £1bn.
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