Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BREAKING RECORDS: HERE ARE THE FIVE BEST-SELLING VINYL RELEASES OF 2014 (eng)

   The vinyl resurgence continued through 2014, the Wall Street Journal notes in a fascinating piece yesterday, and like most things, there’s good news and bad news. On the positive, nearly eight million vinyl records were bought in the United States over the past 12 months, a 49 percent increase in sales from the previous year. The bad? Vinyl accounts for only 2 percent of the market share, and as the WSJ notes, most vinyl factories can’t keep up with the demand. One plant, United in Tennessee, accounts for 90 percent of all vinyl production.

   So who dominated the turntable charts in 2014? Some usual suspects.
   Jack White’s sophomore album Lazaretto was our country’s best-seller, moving 75,700 vinyl units — making it the best-selling domestic vinyl release since Pearl Jam issued Vitalogy in 1994.
   Rounding out the Top 3 are Arctic Monkeys’ AM with 40,600 (a release that surpassed a million in sales in the United Kingdom, according to the NME), and the Black Keys’ Turn Blue, which sold 28,300. Lana Del Rey’s debutBorn to Die, and Beck’s Morning Phase rounded out the Top 5.
Here’s a closer look…
1. Jack White, Lazaretto: 75,700
jack-white-lazaretto
2. Arctic Monkeys, AM: 40,600
Arctic AM
3. The Black Keys, Turn Blue: 28,300
Black Keys
4. Lana Del Rey, Born to Die: 27,200
DR Born
5. Beck, Morning Phase: 25,200
Beck