Vinyl sales continue to rise

Latest research has revealed that increases in vinyl sales show no sign of slowing down.

Figures from ICM Unlimited indicate the number of vinyl purchases continues to grow across the UK – and show that rock remains one of the most popular genres.

The research found that 41% of those questioned were buying rock albums, while the biggest increase was in the 18-24 year old range, which showed a 14% jump since 2013.

Maurice Fyles, research director at ICM Unlimited, says: “We’ve been talking to consumers about their music purchasing behaviour for three years now and during that time we have seen a real resurgence in the appetite for vinyl. Fans of all genres are buying new and second-hand vinyl online and on the high street.”

The study also discovered that 40% of people described themselves as collectors, with 34% stating they either didn’t own or use a turntable.

Earlier this week the Official Chart Company reported that record sales reached a 20-year high last year with 1.29 million units sold.

The latest figures come just days before Record Store Day on April 18. A number of bands are planning releases to mark the occasion, with this year’s ambassador Dave Grohl urging people to “take an afternoon – and some hard-earned lawn-mowing money” to support their local independent retailer.

The current edition of Classic Rock is on sale now and celebrates the vinyl format.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.