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UK vinyl record sales hit 18-year peak

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Pink Floyd's The Endless River

The vinyl resurgence appears to be continuing, with a recent report showing that record sales have hit an 18-year UK high.

More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK in 2014, which is the first time such a figure's been achieved since 1996, when Oasis's (What's the Story) Morning Glory was riding high in the charts.

Funnily enough, the re-issue of that album has proved one of the strongest vinyl sellers of the year.

Such is the current popularity of vinyl that The Official Chart Company has informed the BBC that it will soon launch a dedicated weekly vinyl chart.

"Only five years ago this business was worth around £3m a year," said Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company. "This year it's going to be worth £20m."

Helping those figures along was Pink Floyd's new album The Endless River, which became the fastest-selling vinyl record since 1997 earlier this month.

Of course, the fact that those figures actually work out to just 6000 copies shows that vinyl is still a niche market in the grand scheme of things.

To place that into context, One Direction this week hit one billion Spotify streams. That's 5000 years of continuous playtime. If that thought doesn't make you feel a little queasy, we're not sure what will.

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Matthew Bunton

November 27, 2014, 2:04 pm

Vinyl has always offered a far superior sound quality and richness compared to CD and digital. I would love to see them comeback. For me it is the only way to really listen to classical music.

Nick Strang

December 3, 2014, 5:02 pm

I agree matthew. Vinyl records provide far more than simple superficial pleasures. People care about the difference sound quality (regardless of whether it is technically better or not on paper) and the creativity that comes from discovering music on vinyl, making music using these intriguing discs and their presence, something that often represents forgotten music or music that, by being on vinyl, is often less likely to be played by radio stations, bars, clubs, cafes or anything more.

We are a vinyl only record shop in Nottingham, Plates Records and are really passionate about supporting the future of vinyl. Great to hear someone from a classical background talking positively also :) Check us out at www.platesrecords.co.uk if you like

Thanks

Nick

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