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UK vinyl album sales hit record high last year

4.3 million vinyl LPs were sold in the UK in 2019 

UK vinyl album sales hit record high
UK vinyl album sales hit record high

Vinyl sales in the UK hit a record high last year, according to the British Phonographic Industry. 

The BPI's study found that 4.3 million vinyl LPs were sold in the UK in 2019, which is a 4.1 per cent increase compared to the previous year.

They also said that vinyl albums now make up one in every eight albums bought across physical and digital formats. 

Liam Gallagher's 'Why Me? Why Not' was at the top of the charts in 2019, with 29,000 vinyl LPs sold. Billie Eilish's 'When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' came second and third respectively.

There was only one other record released in the same year that made the UK's top 40 best selling vinyl albums - Lewis Capaldi's 'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent', which reached number six.

Read DJ Mag's feature on eco-vinyl, where we spoke with Deep Grooves vinyl pressing plant in Amsterdam about their mission to become fully sustainable.

Check our feature asking if vinyl-only culture is encouraging elitism in electronic music here.