For the first time since the 80s...

Vinyl is now out-stripping CD sales for the first time since the 1980s, it has been confirmed.

Sales of black wax soared during lockdown, with fans placating quarantine boredom by supporting their favourite artists.

Online sales rocketed, with many retailers reporting substantial increases in mail order as 2020 wound its course.

Now it seems that vinyl sales overall are surpassing CD sales, for the first time in over 30 years.

In all, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has found that some $376 million of physical sales were made during the first half of 2020.

Of this, some $232 million sales were vinyl - a year on year improvement of 33.72%.

It's a trend online retailers have backed up with their own figures. Discogs, for instance, reports a 29.69% rise from lockdown.

Clash has its own regular column looking specifically at vinyl releases - it's Just Played, and you can find archive articles HERE.

(via NME)

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