Vinyl album sales were so hot in the week ending Dec. 19, they comprised 25% of all albums sold that week (3.92 million across all formats: CD, LP, digital, cassette, etc.), and 31% of all physical albums sold (3.16 million on CD, LP, cassette, etc.).
The top-selling vinyl album in the week ending Dec. 19 was Harry Styles' new Fine Line, which sold 28,000 copies -- the fourth-largest sales week for a vinyl album in Nielsen Music history.
The industry may not have to wait long to beat the new single-week vinyl sales record, as the upcoming tracking week ends on Thursday (Dec. 26) -- meaning it will have five full days of last-minute Christmas shopping factored into its seven-day tracking period.
Last year, for example, in the weeks ending Dec. 20 and Dec. 27, 2018, there were 880,000 and 905,000 vinyl albums sold, respectively.
The top 10 selling vinyl albums in the latest tracking week (ending Dec. 19) were: Styles' Fine Line, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (12,000), The Beatles’ Abbey Road (11,000), the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack (10,000), Queen’s Greatest Hits (9,000), Michael Jackson’s Thriller (8,000), Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack (7,000), Garth Brooks’ Legacy box set (7,000), Taylor Swift’s Lover (7,000) and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (7,000). (All numbers have been rounded to the nearest thousand.)