Discogs has released its quarterly report from the International Community, Database and Marketplace, noting details about the Canadian record sales market for the first quarter of 2019, including the best-selling record, and the most expensive.
According to Discogs, based on the nearly 349,000 submissions to the global Discogs Database, releases like Bruce Springsteen's 1984 12" vinyl album "Born in the U.S.A." was the most purchased release variant in Canada during Q1, followed by Billy Joel's 1980 album "Glass Houses," and Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" (1979). Rounding out the list were April Wine's "The Nature of The Beast," Stray Cats' "Built For Speed," Corey Hart's "Boy In The Box," Tears for Fears' "Songs From The Big Chair," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die," AC/DC's For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)," and Foreigner's "Double Vision."
Additionally, Discogs says that rare releases are trending upwards in cost around the world. The most expensive item sold in Canada during Q1 2019 was an original pressing of Eminem's extremely rare "Infinite" record, priced at US$1,500, followed by a 2003 boxed set release of Hermann Nitsch's "Das 6-Tage-Spiel Des Orgien Mysterien Theaters," which sold for US$1,000, as did Dana Westover's "Memorial To Fear." Other titles that sold for over $600 include Stephen Encinas' "Disco Illusion/Lypso Illusion ($900), The Beatles' "The Beatles in Mono" ($895.95), Orang-Utan "Orang-Utan" ($800), Art Pepper Quartet "Modern Art" ($750), Betty Wright "Mr. Lucky/Thank You Baby" ($750), Imperial Sextet "Toma Jabon Pa'Que Laves" ($666), and Ayizan "Dilijans" ($642.32).
Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack" was the Most Collected New Release internationally over Q1, while Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" holds steady as the Most Collected Catalog Release overall. Killing Joke's vinyl reissue of their 2003 self-titled album sits atop the Top 20 Best Selling Release Variations globally.
The most expensive items sold in the global Discogs Marketplace in Q1 2019 were a copy of Apple's 1969 album "An Apple A Day," selling for US$3,651 followed by a 1958 boxed set of Vittorio Gui's "Mozart Le Nozze Di Figaro," priced at $ 2250GBP, with a copy of Mick Stevens' 1972 album "See The Morning" placing third at $2509EUR.
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