twenty one pilots‘ Trench is among the top-selling cassettes of 2018, alongside the Stranger Things soundtrack and Britney Spears’ …Baby, One More Time.
The great numbers from the albums helped boost cassette sales in the U.S. last year, proving the format’s popularity keeps growing.
A Nielsen Music report shows cassette album sales grew 23 percent from 2017 to 2018. Only last year, 219,000 copies were sold in the U.S., per Billboard.
The top 10 best selling tapes make up for 69,000 of those copies and include Britney Spears’ debut album on number 5 and the Stranger Things soundtrack on number 4.
twenty one pilots’ Trench came in third, with 7,000 copies sold from its October release date until Jan. 3, 2019.
Volumes one and two from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie soundtrack occupied first and second place, selling 24,000 and 19,000 copies, respectively.
Guns N’ Roses reissue of Appetite for Destruction, Metallica’s reissue of The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited also ended up on the top 10.
Billboard also notes that 28 albums sold at least 1,000 copies on cassette tapes in 2018, 11 more than in the year prior and three more than in 2016.
The rebirth of cassettes
Although the numbers are impressive, the growing popularity of cassettes isn’t new. The once extremely popular medium has seen a rebirth in the past few years, alongside vinyl.
According to a recent report from BuzzAngle, vinyl sales grew from 8.6 million to 9.7 million while cassette sales jumped from 99,400 to 118,200 sold.
Surprisingly, the increase in sales for these older formats is due in large part to sales of older albums, with 52.5 percent of cassettes sold being over three years old.
However, as the Nielsen report indicates, new albums, or old album reissues, have been getting a love of love, as well.
twenty one pilots on tour
twenty one pilots wrapped up the first round of their Bandito tour dates in December, and tickets for the upcoming run are currently available. You can get yours here.
Check out a full list of the band’s upcoming cities and dates below!
01/30/19 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Palace of Sports
02/02/19 – Moscow, Russia @ VTB Arena
02/04/19 – Saint Petersburg, Russia @ Ice Palace
02/06/19 – Helsinki, Finland @ Ice Hall
02/08/19 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe Arena
02/09/19 – Oslo, Norway @ Telenor Arena
02/11/19 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
02/12/19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Barclaycard Arena
02/14/19 – Berlin, Germany @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
02/15/19 – Lodz, Poland @ Atlas Arena
02/16/19 – Prague, Czech Republic @ The O2 Arena
02/17/19 – Vienna, Austria @ Wiener Stadthalle
02/21/19 – Bologna, Italy @ Unipol Arena
02/23/19 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion Zurich
02/24/19 – Stuttgart, Germany @ Hanns-Martin-Schleyerhalle
02/25/19 – Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
02/27/19 – Birmingham, England @ Genting Arena
03/01/19 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena
03/02/19 – Belfast, Ireland @ SSE Arena Belfast
03/04/19 – Glasgow, Scotland @ The SSE Hydro Arena
03/05/19 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Arena
03/07/19 – London, England @ The SSE Arena Wembley
03/08/19 – London, England @ The SSE Arena Wembley
03/11/19 – Paris, France @ Accorhotels Arena
03/12/19 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
03/13/19 – Brussels, Belgium @ Palais 12
03/15/19 – Bilbao, Spain @ Bizkaia Arena
03/16/19 – Madrid, Spain @ WiZink Center
03/17/19 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena
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