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For the first time in 17 years, CD sales have increased

The numbers were shared by Billboard from MRC Data’s 2021 US Year-End Report

  • Mixmag Asia
  • 9 January 2022
For the first time in 17 years, CD sales have increased

Last week, Billboard reported that CD album sales grew 1.1 per cent from 2020. A total of 40.59 million albums were sold in 2021, compared to 40.16 million in 2020.

The jump is largely due to new album sales by artists like Adele, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift.

The data comes from the MRC Data’s 2021 U.S. Year-End Report, which was presented in collaboration with Billboard, which found that overall consumption grew 11.3% during 2021 due to an uptick in streaming alongside vinyl having a milestone year. Vinyl album volume increased by a whopping 50.4%, selling 41.72 million albums, up from 27.55 million in 2020.

As we sometimes frighteningly push forward to an AI-wired future, it’s certainly reassuring to see humanity rekindle its love for nostalgia and days gone by. Could we see CDs make a comeback as vinyl has?

[via Billboard]