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U.S. Cassette Album Sales Rose 35% in 2017, Led by 'Guardians of the Galaxy

Still, cassettes remain an incredibly niche format, as they only comprised 0.10 percent of all album sales in 2017, and just 0.17 percent of physical album sales.

So, while the format is still mostly a curiosity in 2017, it has made some sizable gains in recent years, and has seen some pretty major albums garner releases on cassette in the past few year or so.

Nielsen Music began electronically tracking music sales and data in 1991 (so a reference in this story to the "Nielsen-era" means from 1991 to the present).

Rounding out the top 10 titles on cassette: an album that was clearly meant to be on cassette: The Hamilton Mixtape (just under 3,000), Prince and the Revolution's Purple Rain soundtrack (2,000), Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface (2,000), Kanye West's Yeezus (2,000) and Nirvana's Nevermind (2,000) TOP 10 SELLING CASSETTE ALBUMS OF 2017 IN U.S.

Rank Artist, Title Sales

1 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.

1 5,000

4 Soundtrack, Stranger Things, Volume One 3,000

5 Eminem, The Eminem Show 3,000

6 Various Artists, The Hamilton Mixtape 3,000

7 Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) 2,000

8 Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface 2,000

9 Kanye West, Yeezus 2,000

10 Nirvana, Nevermind 2,000

Source: Nielsen Music

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