Florida best-selling vinyl albums fact of the day

by on February 13, 2017 at 8:51 am in Data Source, Music, Uncategorized | Permalink

1. A Night at the Opera – Queen

2. Queen – Queen

3. Parachutes – Coldplay

In Hawaii it is Bob Marley, AC/DC in Idaho, Alanis Morrisette in Iowa and Maine, Revolver and Coltrane in NY, Michael Jackson in Utah, and the Rolling Stones’ Goat’s Head Soup does surprisingly well.  Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, and Arctic Monkeys all have multiple placements.  Here is the link, based on eBay data.

1 Ray Lopez February 13, 2017 at 9:48 am

Boomers rule!

Bonus Trivia: contrary to Harry Dent, Jr., who’s father was the strategist for the Republican Party’s winning ways in the south, the “Echo Boomers” (kids of Boomers) will cause ‘dumb growth’ through sheer numbers and save the USA from a hard landing (just look at the data).

2 jim jones February 13, 2017 at 9:51 am

I predict that Joy Villa will have the top selling albums everywhere:


3 Jan February 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

I predict Three Doors Down, once everyone in this country realizes what’s good for them.

4 Mondfledermaus February 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

As a huge fan of Queen , I find it a bit surprising. Not about “A Night at the Opera”, that is the best album ever, but “Queen” … they were just getting started.. they were some hints of greatness to come.. but it mostly sucks. I only bought it to complete the collection.

5 The Other Jim February 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

Meh – it’s consistent with Queen’s overall career, which was made up of 1 or 2 good songs per album.

The good songs added up over time for sure, but “mostly sucks” is a label most people would be comfortable with for any given album.

6 Yancey Ward February 13, 2017 at 12:38 pm

90% of albums fit that description- 1 or 2 good songs, rest is crap.

7 Sol February 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Instead of debating taste, let me just point out some stats to back up Mondfledermaus’s basic point. Nine of Queen’s studio albums sold more than 5,000,000 copies worldwide. The first album sold more like a million copies. Their only studio album less popular was the Flash Gordon soundtrack. It’s absolutely nuts for it to show up on any best-selling album list.

8 dan1111 February 13, 2017 at 11:38 am

The methodology used was somewhat odd, and aimed to reduce the number of repeat listings between states. I think this produced strange results.

Other oddities: the #2 album is Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. This isn’t in the top 3 of any state, yet four states have their album Endless River in the top 3.

David Bowie and Led Zeppelin aren’t in the top 3 for any state, despite representing the 3,4, and 5 spots in the national ranking.

9 John Mansfield February 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm

I wonder what it says about a album that it ranks high nationally, but doesn’t in an electoral college sense. General widespread acceptance, but not widespread enthusiasm?

10 lemmy caution February 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm

“”Favorite” means the album a state buys at the highest rate compared to that state’s total share of the volume of records purchased.

So let’s say California is responsible for 20% of all record sales nationally. Let’s also say that California is responsible for 40% of Nirvana’s Nevermind sales. If that 20% difference is the largest in for the state, then Nevermind is California’s favorite album.”

it is silly click bait. every state buys the most popular records

11 Denis Drew February 13, 2017 at 11:13 am

Vinyl techno-fact from 1968 (via High Fidelity magazine).

At the millionth of a square inch (thousandth by a thousandth) the needle contacts the vinyl — the gram and a half cartridge impacts at eighteen thousand pounds per square inch. This liquefies vinyl at the contact spot — but it flows back in place undamaged — except that the vinyl is now brittle and needs 24 hours to regain its elasticity.

If you play an new record twice in a row it will lose sparkle for life (done it recording one track). But if you play it once a day forever it will remain good as new.

12 Ron February 13, 2017 at 11:44 am

This might be the best information I’ve ever found on this site.

13 Moo cow February 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

I have a surprising number of them. I should get my eBay account set up before all the boomers are dead.

14 Z February 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

The list is very heavy on stuff that’s in print right now (e.g. Queen 2015 reissues).

15 Turkey Vulture February 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Who is buying Arctic Monkeys albums on vinyl?

16 Moo cow February 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm


17 Isaac February 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm

The proprietor of Water Lily Acoustics bemoaned the fact that people (and audiophiles in particular) obsess over new releases of 40 year old material instead of seeking out newer material. His recordings are absolutely wonderful, old school minimal miking stereo recordings. Check out A Meeting by the River, a Ry Cooder album for an example. It’s hard to understand how new artists can compete with the entire history of recorded music.

18 zztop February 13, 2017 at 11:09 pm

Queen, sure, but Coldplay?

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