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Data: 2022 Total Music Sales and Streams

People still buy albums. Taylor Swift fans, mostly. But still. 100 million physical and digital albums sold is not nothing. And Swift is responsible for 3% of those: 1,818,000 copies of Midnights (945,000 of those on vinyl!) and at least another 1.1 million more across her catalog.

Vinyl outsold CDs again, but its growth curve is leveling off, perhaps due to maxing out the existing pressing plants. One weird factoid in the Luminate U.S. Year-End Music Report for 2022 is that only “50% of vinyl buyers own a record player.” What’s up with that? Go buy a turntable, kids. (Preferably not a Crosley, but do what you gotta do.)

“Luminate,” by the way, is what Soundscan is calling itself these days. It was called “MRC Data” for a minute and before that it was “Nielsen Music Products” but now it’s Luminate. It’s the next phase, new wave, dance craze, anyways, it’s still Soundscan to me.

Total U.S. Album sales (physical + digital in millions)

Total Album Sales (physical + digital albums)

2022: 100.09 million
2021: 109.0 million
2020: 102.4 million
2019: 112.75 million
2018: 141 million
2017: 169.15 million
2016: 205.5 million
2015: 241.39 million
2014: 257.02 million
2013: 289.41 million
2012: 315.96 million
2011: 330.57 million
2010: 326.15 million
2009: 373.9 million
2008: 428.4 million
2007: 500.5 million
2006: 588.2 million
2005: 618.9 million
2004: 666.7 million
2003: 667.9 million
2002: 693.1 million
2001: 762.8 million
2000: 785 million
1999: 754.8 million
1998: 712.5 million
1997: 651.8 million
1996: 616.6 million
1995: 616.4 million (I’ve heard the figure is 616,957,000)
1994: 614.7 million (I’ve heard the figure is 615,266,000)
1993: ~573 million (1994 was 7.4% increase over 1993)

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