Soundscan has released the top selling albums of 2010 and they are as follows
Sales of vinyl LPs continued to rise, up another 14 percent to 2.8 million units from 2.5 million in 2009, accounting for a whopping 1 percent of overall sales. Seventy-one percent of vinyl sales came from independent record stores, which in turn recorded about 7 percent of overall sales.
During the period of Jan. 4, 2010 to Jan. 2, 2011, overall sales came in at 1.507 billion units, down 2.5 percent from 2009’s total of 1.545 billion. Total album sales dropped almost 13 percent to 326.2 million, while digital album sales rose 13 percent to 86.3 million. Physical album sales dropped 19 percent to 240 million units sold.
Interesting to see the makeup. The only proper Beatles album to be available on vinyl stays at the number one slot for several years running. 7 of the top ten are what you would call recent releases while some old chestnuts round out the top ten. No doubt these four classics sell many more 2nd hand copies on vinyl than the new ones Soundscan account for.
None of the top ten vinyl records occur in the top ten albums for the year in all formats. Vinyl obviously sells to a very different market than the mainstream. Or the mainstream still does not release many of its titles on vinyl?