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Vinyl sales grew to their highest level since the Britpop era this year, as consumers turned to the format during the pandemic.

Some 4.8 million vinyl albums were purchased in the UK over the past 12 months, up nearly a tenth on sales in 2019, according to figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

Sales dipped during the first lockdown but by September they started showing positive year-to-date growth.

The BPI expects to announce classic albums Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis and Back To Black by Amy Winehouse among the year’s best-selling vinyl albums in its annual report.

It also projects that 157,000 cassettes have been purchased in the past 12 months – the highest number since 2003.

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “In a year when all our lives have changed, music’s power to inspire has never been more evident.”

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