Jack White’s “Lazaretto” Is the Top Selling Vinyl Record of 2014

Image Courtesy of Third Man RecordsJack White's characterization as the ambassador of vinyl records can now be backed up with hard data. The former White Stripes frontman's new album, Lazaretto, sold more than 75,000 copies on vinyl this year -- the most of any vinyl album in 2014.

In general, vinyl has had a big year in 2014. The Wall Street Journal reports that eight million vinyl records were sold over the past year -- a 49 percent increase from 2013's figures.

"Younger people, especially indie-rock fans, are buying records in greater numbers, attracted to the perceived superior sound quality of vinyl and the ritual of putting needle to groove," the Journal writes.

While pop dominates CD and digital sales, rock has a big share of the market for vinyl. After White, the next two biggest vinyl sellers come from Arctic Monkeys' AM and The Black Keys' Turn Blue. Rounding out the top 5 are Lana Del Rey's Born to Die and Beck's Morning Phase.

Interestingly, Lazaretto, Turn Blue and Morning Phase were all nominated for the 2015 Grammys -- White's album for Best Alternative Album, and The Black Keys and Beck's for Best Rock Album. Perhaps, just like the "younger people," the Grammy voters are getting back into vinyl, too.

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