« Back

Indie record shops kick off 2021 with another incredible week of vinyl sales

Shops account for more than half of sales on four of the Top 10.

Picture: Resident Music

8th February: After an extraordinary 2020 when against all the odds independent record stores shrugged off coronavirus to deliver strong results, they are at it again. And once more it’s vinyl that’s helping them do it.

In a great week for vinyl – sales up an incredible 45% on the same week last year – independents account for more than half of sales on four of the Top 10 according to the latest data from the Entertainment Retailers Association.

It appears that in a strong week for new releases – the top four sellers were all released last week – music fans turned to indies to get their vinyl fix.

Indies scored their best result with Goat Girl’s On All Fours, where they accounted for an astonishing 74.6% of sales, but they also generated 65.9% of sales of Collapsed In Sunbeams by Arlo Parks.

Pictures: South Records, Arlo Parks

Amid a pandemic with lockdown still tight, you might expect indies to be suffering losses to bigger, better-funded competitors.

Instead it seems like they’re on a bit of a roll.

Source: Official Charts Company / ERA 

Find your nearest local record shop by using our official store locator here.