Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish photographed on April 18, 2019 at SunLight Studios in Los Angeles.

Heather Hazzan

Veteran rock acts are popular on vinyl, as usual, but young newcomer Billie Eilish has proven to be a hot-seller on wax.

For the tracking period of Jan. 4 through June 20, 2019, Nielsen Music reports that 7.72 million vinyl albums were sold in the U.S. -- a growth of 9.6% when stacked next to the comparable period of 2018 (7.04 million; Dec. 29, 2017 through June 14, 2018).

The top-selling vinyl LP of 2019 thus far (see chart, below) is Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack with 61,000 copies sold. The band also has the second-biggest selling vinyl set of the year, as its Greatest Hits package has shifted 49,000.

Queen has sold more vinyl albums in 2019 than any other act, with 154,000 copies sold across the band’s entire catalog. The Nos. 2 and 3 biggest-selling vinyl LP acts in 2019 are two more veteran rock bands that have been releasing music for decades: The Beatles (128,000) and Pink Floyd (85,000).

The fourth-largest seller of vinyl LPs in 2019 is 17-year-old newcomer Billie Eilish, with 75,000 sold of her two albums: this year’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (47,000) and 2017’s Don’t Smile at Me (28,000). They rank at Nos. 4 and 10 on 2019’s top-selling vinyl albums chart (below), respectively.

Unsurprisingly, with rock titans Queen, The Beatles and Pink Floyd selling so strongly on vinyl, the rock genre dominates all vinyl LP sales. So far in 2019, there have been 5.01 million rock albums sold, comprising about 65% of the vinyl album market.

2019’s Mid-Year Top 10 Selling Vinyl Albums
1. Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) (61,000)
2. Queen, Greatest Hits (49,000)
3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (47,000)
4. Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (33,000)
5. The Beatles, Abbey Road (33,000)
6. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (32,000)
7. Bob Marley & The Wailers, Legend (30,000)
8. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (29,000)
9. Michael Jackson, Thriller (29,000)
10. Billie Eilish, Don’t Smile at Me (28,000)

Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period of Jan. 4 – June 20, 2019.

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