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Vinyl Sales Rise

The warm sound of vinyl continues its resurgence in popularity, as new album sales of LPs rose 33% in 2009 from the year before, according to the figures released by Nielsen Soundscan.

2.5 million vinyl records were sold in 2009, with Radiohead topping the chart with nearly 48,000 LPs sold. Also at the top of the list were classics by the likes of Michael Jackson, the Beatles and Bob Dylan. Rounding out the top 10 best sellers were smaller artists like Wilco, Animal Collective, and Bon Iver.

Animal Collective’s widely-popular Merriweather Post Pavillion was the #3 best selling vinyl record of 2009, with 14,000 units sold. Abbey Road was at the top with nearly 35,000 copies sold. Radiohead’s In Rainbows was the top selling album of 2008, and continued to sell another 11,400 copies in 2009.

Although digital music accounted for 40% of all music purchased in 2009, it is estimated that two out of every three vinyl records purchased last year were from a brick and mortar independent music store.

While these numbers may pale in comparison to the pop chart kings, this growing trend in vinyl is a positive sign that the album as an art form is here to stay.