Nielsen Music said vinyl music sales grew by 14.6% last year, with Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack among the top sellers. The Guardians album was the overall top-selling LP of 2018, moving about 84,000 copies. Jackson’s album Thriller took the second spot with 84,000, while Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours came in at No. 3 with 77,000. The Beatles also had one of the top-selling vinyl singles of 2018, topping the list with “Yellow Submarine.” Prince’s classic song “Nothing Compares 2 U” took the No. 2 spot. New research found that 2018 marked the 13th consecutive year of growth for vinyl sales. Streaming has led to an overall decline in album-format sales, which were down more than 17% to 141 million in 2018.
(Cassette sales also grew! By almost 19%!)