The last time vinyl sales topped one million was back in 1997 – when the Score by Fugees was the year’s biggest LP.
Vinyl album sales are flourishing as figures show they could pass the million mark by the end of the year – the best return for almost 20 years.
The Official Charts Company figures show almost 800,000 vinyl albums have been sold in the first nine months of this year – already beating last year’s total of 780,674.
The last time vinyl topped a million sales was in 1996 when they shifted 1,083,206 albums.
A spokesman for music industry body the BPI said: “Vinyl may once have been considered a by-product of a bygone era but it is now well and truly a flourishing format making a come-back in a digital age.
“In an increasingly-digitised world, it appears that music fans still crave a tangible product that gives them original artwork, high audio quality, and purity of sound.
“Vinyl enthusiasts are now able to enjoy the renaissance of the format with a string of releases being made available on the format from emerging and established acts.”
September was the busiest month of the year so far with 112,000 vinyl albums sold.
And last year’s biggest seller – AM by Arctic Monkeys – is continuing to top the charts for 2014, ahead of Jack White’s Lazaretto.
Vinyl albums hit an all-time low in 2007 with only 205,000 copies.
In 2008 the vinyl revival began and the tally has continued to nudge upwards.
So far this year, 112 releases have sold in excess of 1,000 copies, more than double the 50 which had done so in the first nine months of last year.
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