UK Vinyl Sales in 2016 Hit Highest Level Since 1991

David Bowie performs in London
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David Bowie performs at The Hammersmith Appollo in London.

UK vinyl sales reached their highest number since 1991 with more than 3.2 million records sold, according to recent findings published by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

The mark represents a 53 percent increase from 2015. It still pales to the 45 billion audio streams recorded in 2016, and even falls short of the first 1 billion stream marker in December, but it's a big deal for what was once considered a near-dead medium.

David Bowie's posthumous Blackstar LP sold more than twice as many copies of 2015's top-seller, Adele's 25.

Outside of the wax world, Adele has the highest-selling album with 25, Drake's “One Dance” was the best-selling single, and music consumption was up an overall 1.5 percent, or 123 million albums consumed.

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