Two recent BBC articles seem to suggest that sales of vinyl discs are on the up & up once more, although they still have a very long way until they reach the dizzying sales’ heights of both CDs and MP3s.
The first article (with video) talks about 300 independent record shops still trading in the UK today although this is still a long way off the 2,000 stores which were in existence only a decade ago.
“But sales (of vinyl discs) are rising again” the article states and “it is vinyl records that are making a comeback.
Tomorrow is independent record store day and some of the biggest names in the music business like Kate Bush, David Bowie, Elbow and Arcade Fire are releasing tracks in vinyl to mark the event.
Paul Quirk, Chairman of the Entertainment Retailers Association told the BBC that vinyl can live alongside digital music.”
And the second article four days’ later of 24 April 2012 state that “Sales surge on Record Store Day”, with musicians supporting the vinyl record sales’ campaign by releasing dozens of exclusive tracks and rarities.
“With vinyl sales again on the rise for the fifth year in a row, indie record stores and RSD are proving to be more relevant than ever for the discerning music buyer” stated Spencer Hickman, Record Store Day Coordinator.
A newly-launched Official Record Store Chart, tracking album sales in independent record shops, was also dominated by Record Store Day releases:
“Seven of the Top 10 records were exclusives, said the Official Chart Company. The Beatles were the most popular, with a 4-disc vinyl box set of their number one singles charting at number three.”