If you’re thinking of making a few custom cassette tapes to add to your merch table, now is the perfect time.
Despite the dominance of streaming when it comes to music consumption, vinyl and cassette tape sales have skyrocketed in recent years. In fact, during the first half of 2020, RIAA reported that vinyl surpassed CD sales for the first time in 34 years and cassette sales have doubled!
According to the data, 65,000 cassettes were purchased in the first half of 2020. This means that sales are set to surpass 100,000 for the first time since 2003. The data also shows that pop music has played a big part in cassette sales this year.
So far, 2020’s best selling cassettes are from 5 Seconds Of Summer, Lady Gaga, the 1975, Selena Gomez and Dua Lipa. 5SOS’s latest album CALM sold 12,000 cassettes in its first week. This feat makes it the fastest-selling cassette in 18 years.
Here are some of the coolest cassette tapes released in the recent years:
#1 LALA GAGA- CHROMATICA
#3 TAME IMPALA- CURRENTS
#4 KYLIE MONIQUE- GOLDEN
#5 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY SOUNDTRACK
#6 SNOW PATROL- WILDERNESS
#7 30 SECONDS TO MARS- AMERICA
#8 MANIC STREET PREACHERS- RESISTANCE IS FUTILE
#9 COURTEENERS- ST. JUDE RE WIRED
#10 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER- YOUNGBLOOD
#11 ARCTIC MONKEYS-TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL & CASINO
#12 YEARS & YEARS- PALO SANTO
#13 FRANK TURNER- BE MORE KIND
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James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD/vinyl and merch company in LA.