Physical music sales have trumped digital for the first time in years!

Fresh conducted by the Recording Industry Association America (RIAA) has declared that in 2017, music downloads accounted for 15% overall music sales in North America, while physical sales were responsible for 17%.

Despite the evident rise in physical sales, streaming services including and Apple Music still reign supreme, holding a market share 65%. Incredibly, streaming services netted a whopping 5.7 billion in sales in 2017. In contrast, digital download sales dropped by 25% compared to physical releases which only fell by 4%.

Vinyl enthusiasts are being praised for their efforts in raising the number physical music sales throughout the US. It appears that formats including the trusty CD (which fell by 6% in sales) are being superseded by vinyl which rose a confident 10% and netted over $395 million across America in 2017.

If you’ve been living under a rock, it appears we are in the middle a vinyl renaissance. As those who seek musical enlightenment trawl through record stores across the US in search hidden gems to deploy on their turntables.