Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’ was 2016’s biggest selling vinyl record.
Vinyl sales in the UK reached a 25-year high in 2016, with more than three million LPs sold over the past 12 months.
The death of music icon David Bowie in January was a key driver in sales of LPs, with his final album Blackstar becoming the UK’s biggest selling vinyl of the year.
David Bowie’s Blackstar is 2016’s biggest selling vinyl
According to the BPI more than 3.2 million LPs were sold in 2016, the highest number since 1991, when Simply Red's Stars was the year's best-selling record.
Topping the list is Bowie’s parting gift, Blackstar, which sold 54,000 units since its release two days before the singer’s death on January 10.
Bowie also had three more albums in the year’s top 40, with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust at 13, Hunky Dory (16), Nothing Has Changed - The Very Best Of (17), and Changesonebowie (28).
The year’s second biggest selling vinyl was Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, while the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack placed at three, Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool came in at four and Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumours was at five.
Speaking to Music Week, Geoff Taylor, chief executive, BPI, said: “Led by sales of David Bowie, demand for vinyl jumped to levels not seen since the start of the ‘90s, and fans also bought and collected music on CD that they are discovering and enjoying through streaming services in ever-larger number.”
When creating his final record, Bowie included a number of hidden ‘secrets and surprises' within the Blackstar's artwork. For instance, one fan discovered that after leaving the vinyl’s sleeve exposed to sunlight, the artwork transformed to reveal a galaxy of stars.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music in November, sleeve designer Jonathan Barnbook said there was even more hidden secrets that fans were yet to discover. “There are a lot of other things going on that aren’t completely at the surface,” he told Mary Anne Hobbs. “But I do hope people see them – not necessarily straight away.”
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