Music Sales in 2018: Discogs Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis & Database Highlights

We’re somehow already past the halfway point of 2018, which means one thing for you vinyl trend watchers: It’s time for us to crack open our books and reveal the data we’ve collected from the Discogs Database and Marketplace for a better look at music sales in 2018 and Discogs’ growth. And, once again, we’re comparing some of our numbers to the Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report. The Nielsen report provides comprehensive insights into what people are listening to and how they are listening. This data informs our understanding of how the music industry – and music consumers – are changing.

Mid-Year Highlights:

  • Nielsen Music is reporting that physical album sales are down again for 2018 (-14.6%), while Discogs’ Marketplace sales are up, with a 10.2% increase in orders and 15.8% increase in revenue.
  • The most popular format sold so far in 2018 has been vinyl, with an increase in sales orders year-over-year (+14.97%). However, cassettes have seen the most growth in sales orders (+35.19%).
  • Vinyl and CD submissions to the Discogs Database have both decreased slightly (-3.13% and -1.47%, respectively), while cassettes and other formats (a combination of digital releases and physical media) have increased (+8.96% and +4.50%, respectively) for a net increase in submissions (+12.32%).
  • The most popular genres sold in the Discogs Marketplace are Rock, Electronic, and Funk/Soul. However, both the Classical (+37.82%) and Latin (+35.07%) genres have seen a sizable year-over-year increase in sales.

Dive deeper into the state of the music industry with some infographics, and download the full report.

Growth in Physical Music Sales on Discogs in 2018

Top 10 vinyl record sales of 2018, Nielsen Music data compared to Discogs marketplace data

Discogs Database Submissions Growth in the first half of 2018

Get the full song and dance on music sales in 2018. Download our Discogs 2018 Mid-Year Database & Marketplace Analysis.

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