Music Sales in 2019: Discogs Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis & Database Highlights

Fall is right around the corner and soon enough, we’ll be popping champagne bottles to celebrate the coming of 2020. As we near the edge of 2019, it is time to reveal the data we’ve been collecting from the Discogs Database and Marketplace for a look at this year’s music sales. Every year, we compare our own data to the Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report to inform our understanding of how the music industry—and its listeners—are changing.

We’ve put together a highlight reel of 2019. Check out what’s been trending and leave a comment to let us know how you think the industry’s tune will change in 2020.

Mid-Year Highlights:

  • Nielsen reports a drop in the growth of physical sales of -15.10%, while Discogs shows an increase of 9.14%.
  • The most popular physical music format sold this year has been vinyl, with an increase in sales year-over-year (+3.03%). However, CDs have seen the most growth in sales (+23.60%).
  • Vinyl brought in 43% of all Discogs submissions with a total of 289,922.
  • Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here were the top two most popular Master Releases for the first half of 2019, while also stealing the number one spot for Most Wanted and Most Collected album.
  • Catalog sales (releases 18-months and older) have increased (+7.19%) over last year.
  • The most popular genres sold in the Discogs Marketplace are Rock, Electronic, and Funk/Soul. However, both Pop (+15.5%) and Brass & Military (+17.86%) genres have seen a large year-over-year increase in sales.

See the data side by side in our infographics or download the full report here to get a deeper look into the state of music.

Nielsen vs. Discogs: Growth in Physical Music Sales

Music database growth year-over-year

Nielsen vs. Discogs: Top 10 Vinyl Album Sales

Top 10 vinyl record sales of 2019, Nielsen Music data compared to Discogs marketplace data

Discogs Database Growth

Get the full song and dance on music sales in 2019. Download our Discogs 2019 Mid-Year Database and Marketplace Analysis.

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  • Oct 3,2019 at 21:42

    Not surprised that Discogs sales are up vs. down in Nielson. Hands down, Discogs is the best site to both buy and sell physical music media. Amazon fobbed off the small sellers with all of their rules and restrictions as well as extortionate fees; and unlike both Amazon and eBay, on Discogs sellers and buyers can compare prices and condition for all posted versions of a release. That info helps both the buyer and the seller.

  • Sep 12,2019 at 18:37

    Anyone know any good Brass & Military DJ mixes?

  • Sep 8,2019 at 16:45

    See below. The fees having to be different. Do not forget the PayPal costs in addition. Selling a 100€ records means after: having just 86 €. Or even less. So almost every seller increased the prices therefore. Means also: less and less sales in the future. On the other side I see no effects on your website regarding your net income……

  • Sep 5,2019 at 13:25

    How about having a sliding scale of fees to sell on Ebay in the UK at the minute fees are a max of £1. If I sell a £100 record on here its £10 fees which is quite a difference hence why I dont sell high value items here.

  • Sep 3,2019 at 01:05

    These are fun facts, as a seller as well as a buyer I am with user ‘dmp’ On droppin’ the seller fees a bit as show of good faith in your growing community. I love Discogs! Continued success!!

  • dmp
    Sep 2,2019 at 09:32

    Nice. Since business is running so well for you maybe it’s time to drop the seller fee again after you have increased it a few years ago…

  • Aug 30,2019 at 16:35

    What shocks me is that there is not one Stones album in your most popular lists.

  • Aug 29,2019 at 23:35

    _ why cant i byoo)

  • Aug 29,2019 at 21:02

    Updated. Thanks for the catch!

  • Aug 29,2019 at 19:27

    The Killing Joke album at #9 in LP Sales is NOT their 1980 eponymous debut as shown; it is the vinyl re-release of their second eponymous album from 2003 (gold background; red clown face). FYI

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