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The Beatles' Abbey Road continues to sell consistently.
While digital single sales surge and album sales are on a decline, the vinyl record – though archaic seeming – still enjoys a good amount of music sales. Music sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan announced on Friday that the man of many bands and side acts, Jack White, is currently the top selling vinyl record midway through 2012 with his solo effort Blunderbuss.
Jack White's Blunderbuss has sold 18,000 vinyl records since its April release, according to Music News. The album initially debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's all-genre encompassing albums chart earlier in the year. Trailing White by a small margin of 400 copies is alternative rock band The Black Keys with 17,600 in sales of their 2011 album El Camino. Adele's commercial success, 21, also enjoys continued vinyl sales, moving 10,300 in 2012.
The midyear vinyl albums chart features many contemporary alternative rock and indie acts like Bon Iver and Beach House, but The Beatles' 1969 album, Abbey Road, continues to consistently sell well in the vinyl department. The Beatles' record is currently at No. 3 in midyear vinyl sales with 15,700 units sold. Abbey Road has been the biggest selling vinyl of 2010 and 2011, so White's Blunderbuss shouldn't get too comfortable in the midyear sales top spot.
Overall album sales from digital and CD releases are declining once again in 2012. Adele's massive-selling 21 record no doubt aided album sales last year when they rose for the first time in a long while by 1.4 percent. With album sales declining, vinyl records have been on a steady rise. Since 2007, vinyl sales have increased by a whopping 294 percent over the years, according to The Bottom Line. Record shop enthusiasts and events like Record Store Day in April have been keeping a renewed interest in the long standing vinyl record, which speaks for the music medium's climbing sales.
Here are the Top 10 Vinyl Albums of 2012 so far:
1. Jack White Blunderbuss (18,000)
2. Black Keys El Camino (17,600)
3. The Beatles Abbey Road (15,700)
4. Beach House Bloom (14,100)
5. Adele 21 (10,300)
6. Shins Port Of Morrow (9,600)
7. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (9,600)
8. Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls (9,400)
9. Bon Iver For Emma Forever Ago
10. Bon Iver Bon Iver (8,900)
See the music video for Jack White's “Love Interruption” from Blunderbuss.