Older albums outsell new albums in the U.S. for the first time

abbeyroadMore and more, it appears music listeners are turning to older music rather than new releases.

Per the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Report (via Music Business Worldwide), “catalogue” albums, which is defined as albums older than 18 months, outsold “current” albums in 2015 for the first time.

The report says that 122.8 million catalogue albums were sold in 2015 as opposed to 118.5 current albums. 7.44 million of the current albums figure was made up by Adele’s new album, 25.

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Catalogue albums showed up particularly strong in vinyl sales. Three of the top five vinyl sales were catalogue albums — Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at No. 3 (50,000 copies), The Beatles’ Abbey Road at No. 4 (49,800 copies), and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue at No. 5 (49,000 copies).

Unfortunately, the overall album sales figure was bad news for the industry as sales dropped a total of 9.2 percent in 2015.

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One comment to “Older albums outsell new albums in the U.S. for the first time”
  1. I knew it could be done. It’s quite fantastic that the originals and innovators have that staying power. Plus, it’s becoming harder and harder for newer music to top the classics.

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