New figures from the Official Charts company have revealed that cassette sales have more than doubled in 2020.
Describing the cassette as “the unlikely comeback kid of music formats”, the Official Charts Company said there was a 103% increase on cassette sales in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
65,000 cassettes were purchased in the first half of 2020 and the figures are on course to top 100,000 for the first time since 2003.
5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘CALM’ sold 12,000 in the first week making it the fastest selling cassette in 18 years.
According to data from the Official Charts Company, sales in the first week since re-opening reached the highs of pre-COVID-19.
Vinyl sales surged by 27.57% week-on-week to a total of 88,486 units, while CDs also experienced a rise of 11.09% to 253,779 units.
Overall, physical sales accounted for 19.1% of the overall albums market across the past week, a three-month high.
Last month, the organisers of Record Store Day announced a list of special releases that will be available during this year’s socially distanced event.
RSD 2020 was initially postponed to June 20 due to the coronavirus crisis, but was subsequently delayed once more and spread over three separate days.