Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson Lead Discogs' Midyear 2018 Sales Report
Classic rock and pop dominated Discogs' midyear marketplace report for the first half of 2018, with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Michael Jackson's Thriller coming it at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively atop the online vinyl/CD/cassette seller's top 30 most popular albums list. All told, Floyd landed five titles in the top 30 -- and four in the top 11 (Wish You Were Here, No. 4; The Wall, No. 7; The Piper At the Gates of Dawn, No. 11) -- tying the Beatles for the most albums in that region.
Dark Side of the Moon also landed atop Discogs' lists for most wanted albums, most collected albums and top catalog sales. Other artists among the top 10 of the most popular titles include Fleetwood Mac (Rumours, No. 3), the Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, No. 5; Abbey Road, No. 8), Dire Straits (Brothers In Arms, No. 6) and Led Zeppelin (IV, No. 9; Led Zeppelin II, No. 10). Older albums are so dominant on the top 30 that the newest release to make the ranking is Nirvana's Nevermind, originally released in September 1991, which landed at No. 21.
Among new album sales, calculated as albums released within the past 18 months, Sleep's The Sciences led the way, though again re-releases, live albums and greatest hits titles by the likes of Floyd, David Bowie, Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen cracked the list. The National's Boxer (Live In Brussels) (No. 6) and Ghost's Prequelle (No. 10) were the other 2018 releases to make the list, while King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard's Polygondwanaland (No. 8) and Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. (No. 9), both from 2017, also were in the top 10.
Sales of all three physical formats were up year-over-year, with cassette sales (97,444, + 35.19 percent) making the biggest leap. Vinyl sales (4.2 million, + 14.97 percent) continued to lead the way, while CDs also made a significant year-over-year gain (1.03 million, + 21.94 percent). Submissions to the marketplace were also up overall, despite small declines in vinyl and CDs, while catalog titles -- unsurprisingly, given the top 30 -- also increased, up 11.09 percent to 5.02 million (new declined 0.71 percent).
Among genres, rock (2.2 million, + 18.85 percent), electronic (1.9 million, + 10.74 percent) and funk/soul (658,126, + 16.4 percent) led the way again in the first half of 2018, with pop (603,310, + 27.71 percent) close behind in fourth. Classical (+ 37.82 percent), Latin (+ 35.07 percent) and folk/world/country (+ 33.28 percent) saw the biggest percent boosts year over year, as well, while the "brass and military" genre -- at 2,850 titles -- ballooned 29.49 percent over last year's 2,201, holding onto its position in last place for the year so far.