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The resurgence of vinyl LPs in the UK has surged to levels not seen since 1990, marking a remarkable revival in physical music consumption.

According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade group, sales of vinyl LPs escalated by 11.7%, totaling 5.9 million units and marking the 16th consecutive year of growth in this domain.

Taylor Swift's "1989 (Taylor's Version)" claimed the top spot as the best-selling LP, closely followed by the Rolling Stones' "Hackney Diamonds." Alongside vinyl's resurgence, cassette sales also continued their upward trajectory, surpassing 100,000 units for the fourth consecutive year.

Despite the dominance of streaming, accounting for more than 80% of music consumption, vinyl's allure has soared among enthusiasts who prize its collectibility and superior sound quality.

The BPI highlighted the contributions of independent record stores and the revival of the specialized music chain HMV, notably reopening its flagship London store on Oxford Street after a four-year hiatus.

New releases dominated the top-selling vinyl albums, featuring names like Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi, and Lana Del Rey in the coveted top 10. However, classics and reissues, including Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" and Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon (Live At Wembley 1974)," also found their place among the best performers.

Taylor Swift's presence was pronounced, with three albums in the UK's top 10 best-selling LPs of the year: "1989," "Speak Now," and "Midnights." Her re-recordings are part of an ongoing effort to regain control of her music after a 2019 acquisition of her master tapes by an investment company.

The BPI noted a resurgence in cassette sales, which had faded in the early 1990s, while the decline in CD sales appeared to have plateaued around 11 million units in 2023.

Dr. Jo Twist, head of the BPI, praised the resilience of the UK music market, citing the resurgence of physical formats such as vinyl and cassette alongside the continued surge in streaming consumption. The diversification in music consumption offers audiences more choices in how they engage with their favorite tunes. Photo by Dnalor 01, Wikimedia commons.