4 December 2017 - Janet Bird
Vinyl record sales are set to top four million in 2017, making it the most successful year for the format in three decades.
The BPI (the British Recorded Music Industry) trade body said sales this year are on track to be the highest since their records began in the 1990s, significantly up on last year's 3.2 million, which was at the time an increase of 53 percent year on year.
The vinyl revival has driven the first rise for ten years in physical music sales, which were worth £198 million in the first six months of 2017 - a rise of 2.5 percent.
Retail giant HMV is riding the crest of the vinyl sales wave, selling around a third of all vinyl purchased in the UK.
The resurgence in popularity of vinyl has been driven by major artists such as Ed Sheeran, who is expected to have the best selling vinyl album of the year with 'Divide'.
The solo offerings of Liam and Noel Gallagher are expected to be the second and third bestselling albums, while classic albums such as Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' have also sold well. Indeed, 'Back to Black' is expected to beat Rag 'n' Bone Man to fifth place in the vinyl top 10 selling albums of 2017.