The La La Land soundtrack has emerged as the top selling vinyl for the first quarter of 2017 according to Nielsen ratings. I find this a bit curious given what pundits and vinyl doom-sayers have been extolling. The general view on the vinyl resurgence is that it is a short lived trend fuelled by 50 plus dads who finally have some spare cash trying to relive their youth and millennials jumping on the band wagon.
The fact that it is blue vinyl makes it a bit more intriguing and the number of awards the movie has won certainly has got to be good for soundtrack sales, but this just does not seem to be fuelled by dads and millennials.
All of the other top 10 fit this dads and millennials model.
Is it the nostalgia factor of the movie that makes people want to listen to the soundtrack on vinyl? Possibly. There has been a small surge in Thelonious Monk’s recordings telling me that there is some real musical interest coming from this soundtrack.
No maybe its just a great soundtrack.
Nielsen’s Top 10 for January – March 2017
1. La La Land Soundtrack (25,000)
2. Bob Marley and The Wailers – Legend (16,000)
3. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (16,000)
4. Ed Sheeran – ÷ (15,000)
5. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 (14,000)
6. The Killers – Hot Fuss (14,000)
7. The Beatles – Abbey Road (13,000)
8. Ryan Adams – Prisoner (13,000)
9. Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface (13,000)
10. The xx – I See You (13,000)