In 2022, vinyl records outsold CDs in the United States for the first time since 1987, selling 41 million units as opposed to CDs’ tallied 33 million.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) shared this monumental information as vinyl records continue to enjoy as surge around the world, including Malta. In fact, vinyl record sales made 71% of all physical music format revenue, continuing their consistent increase over the past 16 years.
Vinyl sales also trumped CDs in the UK, with The Verge highlighting that the format’s resurgence continues to grow in countries like Germany, Japan and South Korea, amongst other countries.
The recent surge in vinyl sales has been attributed to factors such as the format’s authentic sound and nostalgia appeal, with Gen-Z-popular artists like Taylor Swift and Harry Styles emerging as the highest sellers, with a respective 1.7 million and 719,000 vinyl sales in 2022.
In Malta, music shops like Valletta’s D’Amato Records, Sunset Records in Sliema and Big Ron’s Records in Ta’ Xbiex have built quite the following for their vast vinyl offering, ranging from deep house cuts to all-time popular classics.
D’Amato Records, which is known to be the world’s oldest record store, had told Malta Daily that the worst days for music shops are behind them, expressing the family’s enthusiasm to carry on to another generation of music lovers.
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