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Vinyl renaissance continues

Published on 24/01/2017

Although many of us haven’t had a record player for decades (or maybe even never), sales of new vinyl LPs in Belgium topped 267,000 in 2016, a rise of 34% compared with 2015.

What was a niche market is now gradually becoming more mainstream.

The sales figures come from the Belgian Entertainment Association and appear in an article in Monday’s edition of the daily ‘De Standaard’. A total of 267,453 vinyl albums were sold. 

Despite the comeback in recent year vinyl still only accounts for 5% of total music sales. Interestingly, not only old records are popular among lovers of vinyl. Six of last year’s top 10 best-selling vinyl albums were new-releases.

The top 10 best-selling vinyl LPs of 2016

1. David Bowie – “Blackstar”
2. Leonard Cohen – “You want it darker”
3. Amy Winehouse – “Back to black”
4. Adele – “25”
5. Radiohead – “A moon shaped pool”
6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Skeleton tree”
7. David Bowie – “Nothing has changed (The very best of)”
8. Nirvana – “MTV Unplugged in New York”
9. Prince – “Purple rain”
10. Bazart – “Echo”



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