After only three days on sale, Harry Styles’ third solo album, Harry’s House, has broken the modern-era record for the largest sales week for a vinyl album in the U.S.
The vinyl edition of the album, released on May 20, has sold over 146,000 copies in the U.S. through May 22, according to initial reports to Luminate. That beats the previous single-week sales record, set by the debut week of Taylor Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version), when it sold 114,000 vinyl copies in the week ending Nov. 18, 2021.
It’s assumed that the first-week vinyl sales of Harry’s House will grow in the coming days, as the tracking week ends on Thursday, May 26. The set’s final sales number is expected to be announced on Sunday, May 29 – along with its expected robust debut on the multi-metric Billboard 200 albums chart. If Harry’s House debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, it will mark Styles’ third straight leader – the entirety of his solo albums.
Harry’s House is available in a number of vinyl variants, including a standard black vinyl pressing, a Target-exclusive yellow-colored vinyl and a sea glass green-colored edition exclusively sold through Styles’ webstore.
The stellar vinyl sales for Harry’s House shouldn’t be surprising, as his first two albums have been strong sellers on vinyl. His last album, 2019’s Fine Line, has sold 586,000 copies on vinyl in the U.S. (47% of its overall sales), and his self-titled 2017 debut has sold 263,000 on vinyl (36% of its total sales). Additionally, Fine Line was the top-seller on vinyl in 2020 in the U.S. and the No. 4-selling vinyl album of 2021.
Styles’ new record-breaking week with Harry’s House continues the epic comeback of the vinyl format. In 2021, for the first time since Luminate began tracking sales in 1991, vinyl albums outsold CD albums for the year – and vinyl became the leading format for album purchases overall in the U.S.: In 2021, one out of every three albums sold in the U.S. was vinyl. And, 2021 marked the 16th consecutive year of growth for the format.