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In 2020, vinyl album sales exceed CDs for the first time since 1980s

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FILE – A man browses records for sale in Wanted Records in St Nicholas Market on October 14, 2015 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

(WPDE) – Vinyl album sales brought in more money than CDs in the first half of 2020, and that's the first time vinyl records have exceeded CDs for the same period since the 1980s, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In the report, consumers spent $129.9 million on CDs in the first half of 2020, which is a 47.6% decrease from the same time last year. Consumers spent $232.1 million on vinyl albums for the first half of 2020, which is 3.6% more than the same period last year.

Still, the report says vinyl only accounts for 4% total music revenues, which include digital downloads and streaming.

In the midyear report from Nielsen Music, the top 10 vinyl albums for the first half of 2020 are:

  1. Billie Eilish - We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - 85,000 sales
  2. Harry Styles - Fine Line - 61,000 sales
  3. Various Artists - Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix - 56,000 sales
  4. Queen - Greatest Hits (1) - 56,000 sales
  5. The Beatles - Abbey Road - 54,000 sales
  6. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush - 50,000 sales
  7. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend - 47,000 sales
  8. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - 44,000 sales
  9. Billi Eilish - Don’t Smile at Me - 44,000 sales
  10. Michael Jackson - Thriller - 42,000 sales