Country star Eric Church made history this week, becoming the first country artist to hold the top two spots on Billboard’s vinyl album sales charts, after the popular country artist hosted an ‘experience’ releasing three albums in just eight days, pulling him through the ranks of a handful of artists of all genres to do so as vinyl continues its pandemic renaissance.
Church’s “Soul” debuted in Billboard charts with 13,000 vinyl sales in the US during the week ending April 29, with his album “&” in second place.
The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Justin Timberlake and Mumford and Sons are the only other artists to have simultaneously held the top two vinyl album spots.
The success of “Soul” was not only limited to vinyl, as it also led to BillboardThe best-selling album table, which takes into account the sales of digital albums and CDs.
Church had a whole month at the top of the charts, with “Soul” ripping off another of his albums, “Heart,” which was number one on the top-selling album list last week.
Church released three albums in an eight-day span last month: “Heart”, “” and “” Soul “.
Top 10 vinyl albums this week
1. “Soul” by Eric Church
2. “&” by Eric Church
3. “John Lennon / The Plastic Ono Band” by John Lennon / The Plastic Ono Band
4. “Sweep It Into Space” by Dinosaur Jr.
5. “Positions” by Ariana Grande
6. “The Battle at Garden’s Gate” by Greta Van Fleet
7. “Nurture” by Porter Robinson
8. “Fine Line” by Harry Styles
9. “Good kid, mAAd city” by Kendrick Lamar
10. “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac
After being nearly dead in the 2000s, vinyl has seen a resurgence in recent years, which the Covid-19 pandemic seems to have only accelerated. The Recording Industry Association of America’s 2020 revenue figures showed vinyl sales increased 23% from 2019, despite the fact that many record stores were closed for much of the month. ‘year. And for the first time since 1986, vinyl records have actually overtaken CD sales, as this once popular medium continues to experience a perilous decline. Last year’s holiday saw record vinyl sales, with 1.842 million records sold in the week ending December 24, the highest since Nielsen Music / MRC Data began tracking sales in 1991 .
Mainstream hits are increasingly common at the top of the vinyl charts, although albums popular with collectors and some niche artists often feature in the top 10. But pop artists like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Harry Styles have all had top vinyl albums. chart this year.
Eric Church takes over at number 1 in Billboard’s best albums sales chart (Billboard)
RIAA revenue figures show music fans turned to vinyl during pandemic (Forbes)