Disclaimer: Thanks to the Discogs Community, they have noticed some discrepancies in our reporting. We want to make sure our report is as accurate as possible and are currently reviewing our data pulls, we will update here as soon as possible.
It’s hard to believe that 2020 is well underway and spring is just around the corner. It’s that time of year again to take a look back on all of the data we’ve been collecting over the past year. Our annual year-end report dives into the numbers, trends, and music sales that made the end of a decade unique. So put on your favorite $9,000 Beatles record, pull up a chair, and dig into the year that was 2019.
Here are a some takeaways:
- The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released its 2019 year-end revenue numbers and the report highlighted some very exciting news for vinyl! For the first time since 2004, vinyl revenue has surpassed that of album downloads and digital track downloads. In 2019, vinyl sales experienced a growth of 19%, double that of sales in 2018. Based on that rate of growth, it is possible that vinyl sales in 2020 will surpass that of CD revenue, for the first time since 1986.
- The most expensive vinyl record sold in 2019 was The Beatles’ Love Me Do, which sold for $9,102.56.
- Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band were the top three most popular Master Releases for the end of 2019.
- 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 (+17.73%) and Jazz (+18.45%) genres have seen a large year-over-year increase in sales.
Download the full report here to get a deeper look into the state of music.