Vinyl sales are actually up 2% from last year for the first six months of this years with sales of 6.36 million from 6.22 according to Nielsen Music.

That might not seem like a huge increase but overall album sales, for instance, are down 18%, CD sales dipped by 19%. and digital downloads are down by 20%.

So what’s the album that made the difference in vinyl sales. It’s considered the best album of all time by many – certainly from the best band of all time – The Beatles. The album? Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band. It was the fab fours 8th official studio album which just celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. The album was re-released in May as a double and single package including a new stereo remix of the album produced by Giles Martin – the son of Beatles producer George Martin. It sold 39,000 vinyl copies according to Vinyl Factory making it #1. in vinyl sales followed by sountracks to “La La Land” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Other notable catalog albums include Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend at #4, The Beatles “Abbey Road” at 7, Prince’s “Purple Rain” at #8 and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” at 10.

1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (39,000)

2. Soundtrack, La La Land (33,000)

3. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (30,000)

4. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Legend (30,000)

5. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (27,000)

6. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (27,000)

7. The Beatles, Abbey Road (26,000)

8. Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (24,000)

9. Tennis, Yours Conditionally (24,000)

10. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (23,000)

Vinyl continues to climb in 2017 despite overall fall in album sales

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.

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