One of the most classic ways to listen to music is via the record player, and vinyl record sales have peaked in the U.S., with 14 million records already sold during the first half of the year–the total revenue raking in at a whopping $222 million for the first half of 2015 alone–a reported high in 26 years. The Record Industry Association Of America posted the figures in association with last year’s total vinyl sales of 14 million records for the entirety of 2014.
The RIA says that bringing back the vinyl can be attributed to the Millennials. MusicWatch reported that typically half of the main consumers were adults 25 years old and under–another interesting statistic was that males were more likely to purchase vinyl than females. Vinyl has surpassed online streaming in terms of cash revenue and seems to be taking music connoisseurs by storm. The last time the market was this high for vinyl record sales was in 1989, just before the compact disc was debuted.
“It’s definitely a bright spot for the business,” RIA Senior Vice President of Strategic Data Analysis Josh Friedlander said. “In an increasingly digital age, vinyl records can provide a deeper, tactile connection to music that resonates with some of the biggest fans.”