In the week ending Dec. 19, Nielsen Music reports 973,000 vinyl albums were sold in the U.S. — marking the single biggest week for vinyl album sales since the company began electronically tracking music sales in 1991. The previous single-week high was registered a year ago, when 905,000 vinyl albums were sold in the week ending Dec. 27, 2018.
Vinyl album sales were so hot in the week ending Dec. 19, they comprised 25% of all albums sold that week (3.92 million across all formats: CD, LP, digital, cassette, etc.), and 31% of all physical albums sold (3.16 million on CD, LP, cassette, etc.). The top-selling vinyl album in the week ending Dec. 19 was Harry Styles’ new record Fine Line, which sold 28,000 copies — the fourth-largest sales week for a vinyl album in Nielsen Music history.
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