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Cassette Sales Soar As They Hit 17 Year High, Here’s The Top 40
In an earlier article we talked about the rise of cassette culture, digging deep into an ever growing community based around the music format. It wasn’t until fairly recently, like vinyl (or more so) that cassettes were a dying format. Pushed into the very corners of nicheness. However, cassettes popularity has been on the up in recent years (thanks to retrofetishism and popular retrospective media) and in 2020 cassette sales almost doubled to their highest in 17 years.
Like Vinyl, the rise of cassettes shows that streaming and physical sales can sit comfortably next to one other. Music fans will always want something tangible, something real that you can hold in your hands.
According to the end-of-year report by music industry body the BPI, sales were up 94.7% in 2020 compared to the previous year, with 156,542 cassettes sold in the UK – the highest total since 2003.
Sales on the format remain tiny in the context of the overall music market (around 0.2%), but the increase shows the cassette revival is far from over yet.
The highest selling cassette was Lady Gaga‘s ‘Chromatica’, which sold 14,000 copies, 8,600 of those were sold in the first week. Following close behind was 5 Seconds Of Summer‘s latest album ‘CALM’ with 13,000 cassette sales, while Yungblud‘s ‘Weird’ came in at third with 7,700 sales.
The top 40 are as follows (In order):
Lady Gaga – Chromatica
5 Seconds Of Summer – CALM
Yungblud – Weird
The 1975 – Notes In A Conditional Form
Blackpink – The Album
Selena Gomez – Rare
Kylie Minogue – Disco
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
HAIM – Women In Music Pt.3
The Streets – None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life
Neck Deep – All Distortions Are Intentional
Gorillaz – Song Machine Season one – Strange Timez
Steps – What The Future Holds
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe – Together At Christmas
Gary Barlow – Music Played By Humans
Mcfly – Young Dumb Thrills
Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man
Ellie Goulding – Brightest Blue
Louis Tomlinson – Walls
Sports Team – Deep Down Happy
Ariana Grande – Positions
Biffy Clyro – A Celebration Of Endings
Lany – Mumma’s Boy
Enter Shikari – Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible
Glass Animals – Dreamland
Little Mix – Confetti
Beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers
AC/DC – Power Up
Guardians Of The Galaxy – Awesome Mix 1
Queen And Adam Lambert – Live Around The World
Declan McKenna – Zeros
Carly Rae Jepsen – Dedicated (Side B)
Blossoms – Foolish Loving Spaces
Disclosure – Energy
Sea Girls – Open Up Your Head
Oasis – What’s The Story Morning Glory?
Erasure – The Neon
Guardians Of The Galaxy – Awesome Mix 2
Creeper – Sex, Death & The Infinite Void
Easy Life – Junk Food