The days when vinyl records were a nostalgic relic of the past are long gone. This year, vinyl sales have exceeded CD sales in the United States for the first time since the 1980s.
Vinyl records accounted for $ 232.1 million in music sales in the first half of 2020, compared to CDs, which grossed $ 129.9 million, according to a report of the Recording Industry Association of America.
Vinyl records, also known as “wax-pressed records”, were commonplace before other formats, such as cassettes and CDs, became the preferred way of listening to music. But that hasn’t stopped vinyl records from making a resurgence. Since 2005, vinyl sales have increased consecutively. In the first half of 2020, vinyl revenue grew 4%, while CD revenue declined 48%, according to the RIAA.
However, the interest in vinyl was not enough to keep physical sales from plummeting. Physical sales fell 23% to $ 376 million in the first half of the year as the pandemic continues to block music industry standards. Concerts and visits to music stores have all but disappeared.
Despite the slowdown in physical sales growth, music streaming continued to climb.
Streaming, which includes revenue from paid streaming, ad-supported streaming, and streaming radio, increased 12% to $ 4.8 billion in the first six months of 2020, RIAA found.
For streaming services alone, more listeners are willing to pay to play. Subscriptions to paid streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music, rose 24%, the RIAA reported.
This makes streaming the dominant music format, accounting for over 85% of the music industry’s revenue.
So far, overall music industry sales have grown 5.6%, mostly through streaming, to a total of $ 5.7 billion in the first six months of this year alone.
40 songs about the coronavirus pandemic
Many musicians did not perform on the road but continue to make music during the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a list of songs related to life in quarantine.
1. Luke Combs, six feet away
This song and the following ones were written exclusively at home due to the spread of COVID-19.
In “Six Feet Apart,” the country singer tackles the simple things we currently miss in life in quarantine, from visiting our parents to the movies.
Read AP’s interview with Combs here.
2. Bon Jovi, do what you can
Written after volunteering at his own community restaurant, Jon Bon Jovi encourages everyone to lend a helping hand in any way they can.
3. twenty-one pilots, level of concern
An 80s dancefloor groove where singer Tyler Joseph asks: Wondering if you would be my early forties?
4. Pitbull, I Believe We’re Going To Win (World Anthem)
Feel bad? Mr. 305 has an upbeat and encouraging song for you.
5. Turbo, Gunna and Young Thug, quarantine cleanup
A rap song about self-quarantine.
6. OneRepublic, better days
A reminder that things will get better.
7. Bono, let your love be known
Posted in Instagramon St. Patrick’s Day, Bono wrote the track after being inspired by Italians quarantined during the outbreak. Will.i.am then performed his own version of the song, which stars Jennifer Hudson and Yoshiki.
8. st. Pedro, phone sex
For those who are far from their partners, a few tips for keeping bedrooms alive.
9. Randy Newman, stay away
A song about social distancing with the signature spirit of Newmans.
10. Adam Hambrick, between me and the end of the world
A tear about this country singer’s wife, a medical assistant working to test people for COVID-19.
Find it on SoundCloud.
11. Michael Bubl, Barenaked Ladies and Sofa Reyes, must be patient
These three advise all of us to stay calm and relax.
12. Mike Love with John Stamos, This Shall Too Pass
Much like a Beach Boys song, a feel-good melody that will put a smile on your face.
13. Lil TJay, freezing
Reflecting the times, this platinum-selling rapper reverses his feelings about the current state of the world.
14. Grace Potter with Marcus King, Jackson Browne and Lucious, Eachother
In the end, we still got to each other, Potter advises.
15. Mike Campbell, Lockdown
A rocking track with lyrics like, I keep my distance, at least six feet / and I microwave everything I eat.
16. Rodney Darkchild Jerkins presents the good news, come together
A hymn from some of the best gospel musicians in the world including Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Lecrae, Marvin Sapp and many more.
17. Snow Tha product, nowhere to go (quarantine love) “
Talk about being productive at home in just 24 hours, this rapper-actress created this song and her music video about having a free schedule.
18. Tye Tribbett, We Gon Be Alright
By sampling Kendrick Lamar, Tribbett sends a heartwarming message to the world.
19. Benjamin Gibbard, Life in Quarantine
The Death Cab for Cutie singer sings a soft rock track about people in isolation.
20. Alexandre 23, IDK You Yet
Feeling incomplete and isolated, Alexander wrote and produced this touching song that sounds like a future radio hit.
21. Truckers driving, quarantined together
The title of the song says it all.
22. Erika Ender, Back to basics
The co-author of Despacito offers a positive song in a time of turmoil.
23. Riley Green, better than me
A country song that opens with the heat: Is the world on fire feels like a bad dream / Has the hammer fallen, it’s like a kick in the teeth. “
24. SENRI OE, Ensemble
The light instrumental piece by Japanese pianists will brighten up your day.
25. Reine + Adam Lambert, you are the champions
These next few songs have been re-recorded or remixed to reflect the mood of the world overwhelmed by the coronavirus.
In You Are the Champions, a forever anthem continues to serve the people.
26. Gloria Estefan, put on your mask!
A touch-up of his upbeat 1989 single Get On Your Feet to remind you of your current favorite accessory.
27. Avril Lavigne, we are warriors
Originally written about his battle with Lyme disease, Lavigne re-recorded the song to honor frontline healthcare workers.
28. Cardi B and iMarkkeyz, Coronavirus
A Cardi B rant about the coronavirus has been turned into a hit song.
29. Todrick Hall, mask, gloves, soap, exfoliators
Remixing his original song Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels, Todrick Hall created another dance gem for digital nightclubs, aka Instagram Live. He even released an entire album on the pandemic called Quarantine queen.
30. Hillsong Young & Free, a message to my best friends
Reminded to stay home with a remix of their song Best Friends.
31. Alicia Keys, My Home
The Piano Killer rewrites a Flo Rida hit to warn you: You can’t come to my house / Suddenly two people.
32. Live Lounge Allstars, Times Like These (BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge)
Chris Martin, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, 5 Seconds of Summer and more come together to sing a 2003 Foo Fighters hit, including the Foos.
33. ArtistsCAN, Lean on Me
Justin Bieber, Michael Bubl, Sarah McLachlan and more join forces to lean on each other six feet apart to perform the classic Bill Withers tune.
34. The Rolling Stones, living in a ghost town “
These next few songs were written before the virus spread but came out because the tracks resonate with the present day.
This rock song echoes the world today.
35. Norah Jones, trying to stay together
The title says everything we hear you, Norah!
36. HAIM, I know myself alone
Written about the trios’ feelings of loneliness after a tour, groove rock has a deeper meaning that the whole world can now understand.
37. John Paul White with Rosanne Cash, Were All In This Together Now
Originally a demo, the duo recorded a finished version of the song once the coronavirus hit as it was tied to the present day.
38. Jewel, grateful
Written at a time when she was feeling anxious, Jewel has released the song now to help others feel the same during these crazy times.
39. Brad Paisley, No I In Beer
Written in 2018 but released now due to his lyrics about spending time with family and close friends.
40. YUNGBLUD, weird!
Crying as he wrote the song last year, the British singer said he felt lost and couldn’t understand the world. He, and most of the world, feels the same today.