Music fans bought a lot of cassettes last year

Sales of the format are on the up

Cassette sales rose last year, with music fans seemingly lapping up the old school format.

According to Nielsen Music, cassette album sales in the United States rose by 35% in 2017, with sales totalling 174,000 copies compared to 129,000 in 2016.

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks made up the whole top three selling tape albums, making up 22% of the total cassette sales.


The Stranger Things OST, Vol. One, Eminem’s The Eminem Show, Kanye West‘s Yeezus, and Nirvana’s Nevermind were also big sellers.

More bands begun to reissue their albums on cassette last year. The White Stripes reissued their first three albums on cassette for the first time for Cassette Store Day. It also saw releases from American Football, Pvris and Wild Pink.

Meanwhile, the UK’s best selling vinyl albums of 2017 have been revealed, with Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher topping the list.

The chart, compiled by the Official Charts Company, comes in the wake of another annual rise in vinyl sales in the UK, with one in every 10 of all physical music purchases being made on vinyl. A total of 4.1 million LPs were purchased in 2017, which marks a rise of 26.8 percent over the last year.

The top 40 is dominated by British artists, with Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher in the two top spots. Rag’n’Bone Man‘s debut album ‘Human’ also joins the top 10, with a number of legacy releases and reissues completing the list.


Liam Gallagher’s ‘As You Were’ was the fastest-selling vinyl record of the last 20 years.

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