There is some sketchy reporting around some figures released by the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association yesterday: we’ve seen claims that vinyl is now outselling music downloads in the UK, which is incorrect. Go back to the original BBC News story for the less-shocking but still interesting facts: last week, sales of vinyl albums outgrossed sales of download albums in the UK – £2.4m and £2.1m respectively. Thanks to their respective prices, that doesn’t mean vinyl albums outsold album downloads in terms of units: the figures are based on 120k vinyl album sales and 295k download album sales. “Last week’s biggest-selling vinyl was Kate Bush’s triple-disc live album Before The Dawn, which retails at £52,” noted the BBC. “A download of the same recording is available for £12.” Still, there is a significant shift reflected in the sales figures: in the same week in 2015, vinyl albums made £1.2m (so revenues have doubled year-on-year) while digital albums made £4.4m (so have more than halved). Unexplored in the reports of ERA’s figures is whether Adele’s ’25’ album – which was released in 2015 just a week before the week covered in ERA’s year-on-year comparison – was a bigger spike for album-download sales than vinyl sales that year.

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