In the US, vinyl LPs had another record-breaking year, with 9.2 million sales, surpassing last year’s record of 6.1 million units. This is the ninth consecutive year of growth for Vinyl sales. Vinyl now comprises over 6% of physical album sales.
– 27 Vinyl LPs sold over 20,000 units in 2014, up from 11 Vinyl LPs in 2013.
– 94 Vinyl LPs sold over 10,000 units in 2014, up from the 46 Vinyl LPs in 2013.
– Rock is still the dominant genre for Vinyl LPs, with 71% of Vinyl LPs being classified as Rock.
In Canada, another bright spot for the industry is the continued resurgence of vinyl LPs, which posted the biggest sales total in the SoundScan Era with over 400,000 units.
How did it make a strong comeback? Find out with this infographic from Liberty Games.
…not like this one, of course.
The fine folks at AccuRadio mined their data and calculated the total plays each province gave Nickelback in the last month, and, as it turns out, Canadians and Americans love their Nickelback. A LOT.
Nickelback proponents have plenty of evidence to point to that suggests that the band is more popular than outsiders may guess. Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and in 2006, Nickelback received the World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Rock Artist, beating out some other rock bands like Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Coldplay. Nickelback has released 35 singles worldwide, 22 of which have made a top-10 chart in the United States.
In the US, Nickelback can find their most ardent fans in Nevada. Las Vegas has welcomed Canadian talents such as Shania Twain and Celine Dion with open arms in the past; now, Nickelback joins their ranks. Wyoming residents are the second-biggest lovers of Nickelback, followed by Alaska, Idaho, and West Virginia. Fort Wayne, Indiana, boasts the third-highest concentration of Nickelback fans, and in 2014, South Dakota performed more searches for Nickelback than any other state (interestingly, however, North Dakota tops South Dakota in Nickelback fandom, coming in at eighth on their list).
Working with support from the Independent Music Store Coalitions (CIMS, DRS, AIMS) and the Music Business Association, BuzzAngle Music’s worked with Record Store Day to take a look at the day’s sales and most popular titles.
Vinyl sales were up over 1,500% from the previous Saturday. The White Stripes “Get Behind Me Satan” topped the chart as the best-selling title for the day. Metallica’s cassette demo, “No Life Til Leather”, was second and the only non-vinyl title in the Top 50. See the entire list below.
Sources: Spotify valuation ($8.4 billion) calculated by Wall Street Journal, based on an upcoming, $400 million+ capital round led by Goldman Sachs.. US-based recording valuation for 2014 ($6.972 billion) published this month by recording trade group RIAA.