Vinyl sales overtake digital downloads for first time

Vinyl sales in the UK have surpassed digital downloads for the first time ever.

Purchases of LPs hit £2.4 million at the end of November, compared with £2.1m spent on digital music downloads.

Vinyl has made a resurgence over the past 12 months, which Entertainment Retailers Association chief executive Kim Bayley has attributed to the number of retailers now stocking records, making them more easily accessible.

Over the same period last year, vinyl album sales reached £1.2m, while digital sales hit £4.4m.

Vinyl has also experienced eight consecutive years of growth, despite almost dying out in 2006.

Ms Bayley said: “We have a new generation buying vinyl, lots of teenagers and lots of people under 25, who now want to buy their favourite artists on vinyl and have something a bit more tangible, a bit more collectible. People have become keen to support their favourite artists by buying into that ownership concept. It’s very difficult to demonstrate your love of an artist if you don’t have something to hold on to.”