Here’s the latest chart from Paul Resnikoff at Digital Music News: projected U.S. vinyl music sales for 2013, based on first-half data from Nielsen Soundscan. This is no longer a fad:
The BBC reported in April that the surge has been driven by the confluence of artists releasing exclusive material through the medium, and its growing popularity among 18-24 year-olds (there’s a chicken-and-egg element to this).
College-aged buyers have also expressed a desire to keep record stores in business, the BBC said. And Pitchfork’s Mark Richardson says there’s a commonly held belief — not entirely accurate, it turns out — that LPs always sound better than CDs.
Resnikoff notes they still comprise a tiny chunk of overall music sales, though one that seems to be growing larger every year.
Also an interesting contrast with his chart from this past week showing music downloads are way down: