Vinyl sales continue increasing despite overall album sales declining

By Joe Tempesta


Album sales in the U.S. have decreased in each of the past two years, yet sales of vinyl albums have continually increased over the past seven years, according to the Nielsen SoundScan. 289.4 million albums were sold in the U.S. last year, down from 316 million in 2012, an 8.4 percent decrease.

The decrease is believed to be related to the rise in popularity and usage of online music streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora. At the same time, sales of vinyl albums have increased every year since 2007, with 6 million units sold last year.

However, vinyl sales contributed to just 2.1 percent of all U.S. album sales in 2013.

Scan the chart below to see overall album sales from 2007 to 2013.


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Joe Tempesta is a second-year graduate student pursuing a master's degree at Emerson College. He enjoys meeting new people and learning new things, and believes journalism allows him to do just that. Joe hopes to begin a fruitful career in the broadcasting field after graduation.