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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