Paul McCartney sparks massive vinyl sales week

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The pre-Christmas rush saw more than 1.8 million LPs sold – Paul McCartney has pushed up vinyl sales in the United States.

Fans of the former Beatles star flocked to grab the vinyl version of his new release, McCartney III, during the week before Christmas, sparking the best sales week for the format since modern records began in 1991 – over 1.8 million.

For the first time since 1986, vinyl outsold CDs over four weeks at the end of 2020.

McCartney III sold 32,000 units – the highest figure for any current release, and the third-largest for an album since 1991.

Paul took to Twitter and shared a video of himself dancing to one of the album’s tracks, Find My Way, captioning it: “That feeling when your album goes to Number One on the US @billboard Top Album Sales Chart!”

Last week, the United States sold the most amount of vinyl records in history in a single week.

The pre-Christmas rush saw nearly 2 million LPs sold across the country.

As Billboard reports, 1.842 million vinyl LPs were purchased in the US in the week leading up to Christmas, which ended on December 24.

It broke the record set just one week before (December 10-17), where 1.445 million were sold. The new record is the biggest weekly sales of vinyl in the country since records began in 1991.While music fans are unable to attend live gigs due to the coronavirus pandemic, sales of vinyl have gone up almost 10% this year, which puts it on track to break the £100 million mark by the end of 2020, making for the best year since 1990.

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Shopping and promotions on Black Friday (Nov. 27) helped push vinyl album sales to a historic high in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The top-selling vinyl album in the week ending Dec. 3 was Harry Styles’ Fine Line, with 15,000 copies sold (up 12%); it rises 2-1 on the latest Vinyl Albums chart (dated Dec. 12). Vince Guaraldi Trio’s soundtrack to the A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special was the No. 2 vinyl seller of the week (rising 5-2 with 11,000; up 37%) while Queen’s Greatest Hits was the No. 3 biggest-selling LP of the week (up 4-3 with just under 11,000; up 26%). Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (6-4 with 10,000; up 70%) and Taylor Swift’s Folklore (1-5 with just under 10,000; down 36%) round out the top five.

In the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 1.253 million vinyl albums were sold (up 56%) — the largest sales week for the format since Nielsen Music/MRC Data began electronically tracking music sales in 1991. It’s only the second time that weekly vinyl album sales surpassed 1 million in the Nielsen Music/MRC Data era. The last time it happened was just under a year ago, when 1.243 million were sold in the week ending Dec. 26, 2019.

Fans can also purchase one-of-a-kind records and box sets, including a super rare Cake Vinyl Box set, an Ozzy Osbourne Ordinary Man LP with signed booklet, a Brian Eno Begegnungen II signed album, and a sealed Fleetwood Mac 4-LP + 7″ set. We also spotted vinyl from The Beatles, Prince, Metallica, Johnny Cash, David Bowie and Wu-Tang Clan, to name just a few.

 

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