Now that we’re in year-end mode, we’re taking stock of what the best music of the year was. But The Wall Street Journal has given an overview of the vinyl records marketplace in 2014. As of Nov. 2, 2014, nearly 8 million LPs were sold, which marks a 49 percent rise from the same period last year. So it appears that the vinyl resurgence keeps on surging, at least as long as pressing plants can keep up demand.
And the best selling album of the year on vinyl should come as no surprise to those who have been paying attention to the format’s biggest cheerleaders. Yep, it’s Jack White, whose Lazaretto sold 75,700 copies in 2014. Second is the Arctic Monkeys, whose 2013 album AM continues to be a top seller a year after its release. And rounding out the top five are The Black Keys’ Turn Blue, Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die, and Beck’s Morning Phase.
Still, while vinyl demand keeps rising, it still only represents two percent of the overall music market, so Jack White still has a ways to go before catching up with Dr. Dre’s headphone empire, it would appear. But it is encouraging to see people buying a physical product, at least. We’re certainly vinyl fans.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.