Digital music sales fell for the first time last year as vinyl record sales jumped.
Billboard reported last month that digital track sales were down 5.7 percent in 2013 to hit 1.26 billion units while sales of LP records rose 31 percent to six million units -- accounting for 2 percent of all album sales in the United States.
The reasons are somewhat mysterious, but not totally unknown.
Slate’s Will Oremus wrote that “the vinyl boom can be seen as yet another manifestation of the societal fetishization of all things 'vintage' and anolog,” as consumers respond to an increasingly digital world.
More than 65 percent of all LPs sold were from independent music stores.
Meanwhile, the idea of a cohesive album is making a comeback, and most bands release a vinyl version along with digital downloads.
Wondering what the best-selling vinyl album was? Daft Punk grabbed the top spot with “Random Access Memories,” which sold 19,000 copies in its first week of sales in 2013, according to Billboard.
See the complete list below, according to Clash Music.
1. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
2. David Bowie – The Next Day
3. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
4. Black Sabbath – 13
5. Queens of the Stone Age – Like Clockwork
6. Atoms for Peace -- Amok
7. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
8. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
9. Alt-j – An Awesome Wave
10. Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
Kathleen is a money reporter at International Business Times with an eye on the Africa business story....