Record lovers rejoice as vinyl beats CD sales for the first time since 1987

Vinyl continued its remarkable resurgence by outselling CDs in 2022 for the first time since 1987, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s annual report. The RIAA’s year-end chart reflects this astonishing comeback, with vinyl albums selling 41 million units compared to just 33 million CDs.

While vinyl sales continue to grow, CD sales are declining. Vinyl record revenues increased 17% to $1.2 billion in 2022, the 16th consecutive year of growth for the format, and accounted for 71% of all physical music format revenues. While CDs a Recovery from 2021 after 2020CD revenue fell a worrying 18% to $483 million in 2022.

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