The CDs are still alive, with sales rising in format for the first time in four years since the release of Adele and Dad.
The compact disc has been seen as an accident in the music streaming revolution but, like the vinyl record, there is renewed interest in the medium. The British phonographic industry, the record label trade association, said the CD format was “Gold Star” last year, with revenue rising 1.4 per cent to 7 117.2 million last year.
The increase means CDs remain ahead of vinyl sales, rising more than a third to £ 116 million. Revenue from CDs is far from the 1.1 billion peak in 2003.
Adele’s 30 was the best-selling CD album, followed by Abba Voyage. New releases from Ed Sheeran and Coldplay have also boosted sales. The resurgence of CDs resonated in the United States, where sales increased last year for the first time since 2004, to one-fifth of $ 584.2 million.
Overall UK physical music sales rose 14.6 per cent last year to 1 241 million, a faster growth rate than streaming, rising 13.7 per cent to 7 837 million. Total music sales rose 12.8 percent to £ 1.3 billion, according to the British phonographic industry.
Abba’s Voyage was the best-selling vinyl album last year, with several old records in the top 10 for the format, including Amy Winehouse’s Nirvana’s Nevermind and Back to Black.
Data from the wider music industry in the UK and US seems to be moving away from recent releases as people rediscover music that is one year or more away from its release date.