Wouter de Vink
By Wouter de Vink

Over the past year, sales of CDs worldwide have seen a remarkable increase. For the first time in 17 years, more copies were sold compared to the previous year.

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According to MRC Data (an American company that analyzes music data), there were 40.59 million CDs sold in 2021 worldwide: an increase of 1.1%. At a time when we’re streaming more and more, sales of the physical music copies have increased for the first time in 17 years. It’s almost exceptional if you even have a CD player at all (the people who do have one usually own a Ford Ka or Peugeot 206).

Vinyl is also back from (never) gone. The data shows 2.11 million album vinyls have been sold in the last week of the past year. This breaks a 30-year-old record, because since 1991 there had never been so many vinyls sold in one week.

Sales of physical copies are growing: are CDs and vinyls completely back?

Plenty of physical copies have been released in Hardstyle music for years – for both CDs and vinyl. Exact numbers are unknown, but do you still buy CDs or vinyl?


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