BTS, Taylor Swift, Adele Help to Boost CD Sales For the First Time in 17 years

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According to a report by, Adele, Taylor Swift, and BTS have helped to increase the sales of the once-popular format’s music for the first time since 1997. Pitchfork.

CD sales increased 1.1% to 40.59 Million units in 2021 from 40.16M units in 2020. MRC Data reported. According to, it is the first win for the format since 2004. Complex.

The boost in sales were propelled by Adele’s latest album, “30,”According to Spin, this was America’s top-selling CD with 898,000 copies sold.

Complex reported that Taylor Swift finished in back-to-back positions with the second- and third-placed spots. Her re-recorded Fearless sold 263,000 copies, while Red saw 237,000 units purchased.

According to, Adele, Swift and BTS accounted respectively for 7.1% and 7.1 percent of all 2021 album sales. Billboard.

Other artists such as Olivia Rodrigo and Carrie Underwood were also among the top 10 in CD sales for 2021 according to MRC Data.

According to Pitchfork, vinyl sales have increased by nearly 2 million since 1991. Adele’s “30”Pitchfork stated that the album was also the most-sold vinyl album of the year.