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Taylor Swift's '1989' Tops 2015 Vinyl Sales

Nielsen Music released its mid-year report today (July 2), revealing the year’s most successful artists, albums and singles. One total non-surprise: Vinyl sales continued to grow in 2015, showing a 38.4 percent increase from 2014, with 5.6 million units moved year-to-date – that means 2015 is on track to be the eighth consecutive year that sees vinyl sales grow.

One slight surprise, however, is the album that’s topping U.S. vinyl sales this year: Taylor Swift’s 1989.

Sure, 1989 is one of the biggest blockbusters the music industry has seen in years, but when you think about the audiophile vinyl nerds fueling the format’s resurgence, you don’t exactly imagine them listening to Swift’s first album of pure pop. Conversely, when you think of a devoted Swiftie, you don’t typically imagine them hovering over a Technics turntable, watching the needle caress every groove.

Regardless, 1989 is the year’s biggest vinyl seller (so far) with 34,000 units. After Swift are the kind of albums you typically associate with vinyl lovers: the latest LPs from Sufjan Stevens, Arctic Monkeys (still riding high on their 2013 album AM) and Alabama Shakes, in that order.

Check out the 10 best selling vinyl albums of 2015 so far below.

1. Taylor Swift, 1989 (34,000)
2. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell (32,000)
3. Arctic Monkeys, AM (27,000)
4. Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color (26,000)
5. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (23,000)
6. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (23,000)
7. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (23,000)
8. Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack (22,000)
9. Father John Misty, I Love You Honeybear (22,000)
10. Hozier, Hozier (21,000)

Source: Billboard