Compact disc

Sales of compact discs increase for the first time since 2004

Physical music libraries could make a comeback.

Weeks after vinyl record sales hit their highest level in 30 years, Billboard reports that compact discs have seen a notable rise throughout the past year. According to MRC Data, CD sales rose from 40.16 million units in 2020 to 40.59 million in 2021, marking the first annual gain in CD sales in 17 years.

The spike was prompted by a handful of top-selling artists, including Adele, whose 30 the album sold 898,000 CDs in 2021. Taylor Swift followed the British singer with her re-released projects Fearless (Taylor version) and Red (Taylor’s version), which sold 263,000 and 237,000 CDs respectively. Carrie Underwood, BTS and Olivia Rodrigo also delivered some of the top 10 selling CD albums of 2021 in the United States. My saviour sold 217,000 copies; BTS Soul Card: 7 and Be sold 210,000 and 187,000, respectively; while that of Rodrigo Sour sold 195,000.


  1. Adele, 30 (898,000)
  2. Taylor Swift, Fearless (Taylor version) (263,000)
  3. Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s version) (237,000)
  4. Carrie Underwood, My saviour (217,000)
  5. TOMORROW X TOGETHER, The Chaos Chapter: Frost (215,000)
  6. Taylor Swift, Still (213,000)
  7. NCT 127 – Sticker: The 3rd album (211,000)
  8. BTS, Soul Card: 7 (210,000)
  9. Olivia Rodrigo, Sour (195,000)
  10. BTS, Be (187.00)

According to BillboardAdele, Swift, and BTS accounted for 7.1% of all CD sales in 2021. The outlet attributes this to the artists’ CD packaging, which included physical copies with exclusive tracks as well as collectibles. collection like t-shirts, photo cards and posters.