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The Vinyl Renaissance

Sales of vinyl albums continue upward trend

Album Cover For "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

Vinyl album sales are back in the groove, up nearly 20 percent so far this year.

The music medium that nearly went extinct after the advent of compact discs in the 1980s continues its impressive comeback at a time when the vast majority of music is streamed or downloaded and CD sales continue to diminish.

Nielsen Music reports that 7.6 million LPs were sold in the first half of 2018, a 19.2 percent increase over the same period last year. Vinyl now accounts for 18.7 percent of all physical formats, including CDs and cassettes, and 11. 2 percent of the 68 million albums sold in the past six months.

The vinyl surge continues the upward trend of the past 12 years.

Not surprisingly, some of the bestselling LPs are titles that were released during vinyl's heyday in the 1960s, '70s and early '80s.

The top 10 selling vinyl albums in the past six months include Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," Prince and the Revolution's "Purple Rain" and the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

The bestselling LP to date in 2018 is "Boarding House Reach" by Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes.

Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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