As the UK prepares for Record Store Day, the BPI has released figures showing that Brits bought 637k vinyl albums in the first quarter of 2016.

That’s up 61.8% year-on-year, with vinyl now accounting for 3.9% of the British albums market compared to 2.1% a year ago.

That’s on top of 64% growth for the full-year 2015, when 2.1m vinyl albums were sold in the UK. The BPI is predicting that sales for the whole of 2016 could rise to 3m or even 3.5m units.

“Vinyl is no longer the preserve of baby-boomers who grew up with the format.  It now also appeals to a new generation of engaged younger fans and millennials,” said BPI chief Geoff Taylor.

“While digital platforms provide fans instant and unlimited access to an ever-expanding cosmos of music, they can’t quite match the unique experience vinyl gives you… Younger fans increasingly discover on digital but collect on vinyl.”

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