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February 22, 2024 57 secs

The best-selling cassette tape of 2023 was an album that’s nearly 9 years old and no, it’s not by Taylor Swift; so, what record is it? 

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Direct from Hollywood with Ryan Seacrest.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise makes heavy use
of a cassette mixtape in its storyline, and the classic
cuts found on each volume serve as the sonic backdrop
to the three films, So it's fitting that three of
last year's four best selling cassette albums were none other
than the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix soundtracks. What's
interesting is that the first film's mix, Guardians of the

Galaxy Awesome Mixed Volume one, was still twenty twenty three's
best selling cassette overall full nine years after its debut.
Volume two finish at number three, while the most recent
Volume three was a spot behind at number four. The
only outlier isn't too surprising Taylor Swift's nineteen eighty nine
Taylor's version was number two. The original Guardian soundtrack in
nineteen eighty nine accounted for twenty nine percent of all

cassette sales in twenty twenty three, though tapes make up
just zero point four to one percent of album sales overall.
A lot of math in there that's

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