Could physical music libraries be making a comeback after all these years? Billboard reported that compact discs experienced a notable spike in sales throughout last year.
Just weeks after vinyl record sales hit a 30-year high, the news portal reported that sales for Compact Disks (CDs) jumped from 40.16 million unites in 2020 to 40.59 million units in 2021.
The actually marks the first year gain for CD sales in a whopping 17 years. The spike was seemingly driven by a handful of top-selling artists.
These include Adele, who’s album ’30’ sold 898,000 CDs in 2021, followed by Taylor Swift, whose projects ‘Fearless’ and ‘Red’ sold 263,000 and 237,000 respectively.
Carrie Underwood, BTS, and Olivia Rodrigo also had some of the top 10 selling CD albums of 2021 in the US> Underwood’s ‘My Savior’ sold 217,000 copies, whilst BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7 and ‘Be’ sold 210,000 and 187,000 respectively.
To put this into perspective, the last time compact disk sales went up, Blink-182 didn’t break up and you were probably reading this report in a print magazine. Could 2022 be the year we experience a CD renaissance?