Online second-hand record marketplace Discogs have posted their stats for 2015, and it makes for interesting reading.
Over the course of the year they sold a staggering 6.6 million records, a total increase of 31% since 2014. This amounted to more than $95 million in total sales.
While 5.4 million of these records were vinyl, CDs actually had the highest year-on-year growth, up 38% from 2014.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the best-performing genres were rock, pop and electronic, with ‘brass & military’ accounting for the least sales.
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Michael Jackson’s Thriller topped the list of most collected releases. Noted vinyl enthusiast Jack White had two entries in the top ten, with The White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan and his own solo effort Lazaretto. Daft Punk, Sufjan Stevens and Tame Impala all scored highly with their most recent albums, while there were also rather more refreshing entries for Aphex Twin and Run the Jewels.
Oh, and if you’re wondering what the most expensive record sold on Discogs in 2015 was – a $6,048 copy of Chung King Can Suck It by straight edge hardcore band Judge, one of just 110 in circulation.
If you’re a stats geek you can dive into the full report right here.
(via The Vinyl Factory)