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Vinyl Records' Renaissance Barely Moves the Sales Needle

Vinyl Records' Renaissance Barely Moves the Sales Needle
Photograph by Nick Koudis/Gallery Stock

You can break out those REO Speedwagon albums again because vinyl is back—sort of.

A remarkable 2.9 million vinyl LPs have been sold in the U.S. so far this year, up 33.5 percent from 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In fact, vinyl has been steadily on the rise since bottoming out in 2006, when only 858,000 records were sold. In just seven years, the 65-year-old format has bounced back 338 percent.