Taylor Swift’s 1989 Is The Bestselling Vinyl Of 2015 So Far
The vinyl resurgence has hit the pop world: Taylor Swift’s 1989 is the best-selling vinyl record of the year so far. Nielsen Music released its mid-year charts today and, unsurprisingly, Swift’s fifth album is the best-selling album overall, moving moving 1.33 million in pure album sales and 2.01 million in equivalent album units.
But 1989 also topped the vinyl list, selling 34,000 copies this year. (The vinyl edition of the album came out in December.) It narrowly beat out Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell, which came in at No. 2 with 32,000 copies. But Swift’s vinyl sales only made up 2.5% of her total sales, while Stevens’ made up about 30% of his. Among the rest of the top ten best-selling records, other pop artists to make the cut were Sam Smith and Hozier.
Overall, vinyl sales continued to rise in 2015, increasing 38.4% from last year at this time, for a total of 5.6 million units sold this year. Here’s the list of the best-selling vinyl albums of the year so far:
1. Taylor Swift – 1989 (34,000)
2. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (32,000)
3. Arctic Monkeys – AM (27,000)
4. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (26,000)
5. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (23,000)
6. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour (23,000)
7. Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (23,000)
8. Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack (22,000)
9. Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear (22,000)
10. Hozier – Hozier (21,000)