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Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, David Bowie help vinyl sales surge by 26.8% in 2017

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Vinyl album sales surged by 26.8% in 2017, newly released BPI figures have revealed.

A total of 4.1million vinyl records were purchased in 2017 as the format enjoyed a tenth consecutive year of growth.

As well as being up 26.8% year-on-year, the sales tally is up by 1,892% compared to 2007 when a measly 205,000 copies were sold.

Almost one in ten of all physical purchases are now on vinyl and sales are at their highest level since way back in 1991. Vinyl now accounts for 3% of music consumed in the UK.

Matt Ingham of independent label Cherry Red Records, said: “The music industry is in a permanent state of transformation. Genuine discovery is coming from the fresh resurgence in vinyl, the robust CD market and via the burgeoning streaming platforms.

“The combination of new and old technology means the industry can continue to rise to the challenge of providing the public with music to treasure forever.”

Although new releases – Ed Sheeran’s ‘÷’ and Liam Gallagher’s ‘As You Were’ - took the top two spots in the Official Chart Company’s biggest selling vinyl albums of 2017 countdown, albums by rock legends dominate the list.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ was the third best-selling LP of 2017 and the band’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album is at 33.

Pink Floyd are at seventh spot with their seminal masterpiece ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and they also hit no.24 with ‘Wish You Were Here’.

Other rock acts on the list include David Bowie, Radiohead, Nirvana, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, ELO and Queens of the Stone Age.

The UK’s best-selling vinyl albums of 2017 are as follows:

1. ÷ – Ed Sheeran
2. As You Were – Liam Gallagher
3. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
4. Guardians Of The Galaxy – Awesome Mix 1 Original Soundtrack
5. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse
6. Human – Rag’N’Bone Man
7. The Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
8. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
9. What’s The Story Morning Glory – Oasis
10. Legacy – David Bowie
11. OK Computer – Radiohead
12. Legend – Bob Marley & The Wailers
13. Who Built The Moon? – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
14. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
15. Nevermind – Nirvana
16. Abbey Road – The Beatles
17. Greatest Hits – Queen
18. Unplugged In New York – Nirvana
19. Guardians Of The Galaxy – Awesome Mix 2 Original Soundtrack
20. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
21. Hatful Of Hollow – The Smiths
22. AM – Arctic Monkeys
23. The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths
24. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
25. Definitely Maybe – Oasis
26. Purple Rain OST – Prince & The Revolution
27. The Thrill Of It All – Sam Smith
28. Hot Fuss – The Killers
29. Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses
30. Hunky Dory – David Bowie
31. How Did We Get So Dark? – Royal Blood
32. Greatest Hits – Foo Fighters
33. Greatest Hits – Fleetwood Mac
34. All Over The World – The Very Best Of ELO
35. Villains – Queens Of The Stone Age
36. Pulp Fiction Original Soundtrack
37. Concrete And Gold – Foo Fighters
38. I See You – The xx
39. Humanz – Gorillaz
40. For Crying Out Loud – Kasabian

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