Forget Streaming: Is The Future Of Music In Vinyl?
Here’s hoping you didn’t chuck your parents’ antique record collection during that last garage sale—as it turns out, vinyl is making a serious comeback.
For the first time since the ’90s, vinyl is now available in each of U.K. retailer HMV’s stores, according to MusicWeek. The site says the company’s LP sales nearly tripled between 2013 and 2014 (from 110,000 to 325,000), and to keep the wheels in motion, HMV will soon soon kick off an “HMV Loves Vinyl” campaign that will discount certain classic records.
“In the last couple of years, due to encouragement from us, labels have started pressing more copies,” HMV music manager John Hirst told the site. “They’ve made a lot more of their catalog available, and obviously, they need an outlet for that.”
And labels seem to agree. According to a press release sent by London-based Be With Records, Cassie’s self-titled 2006 debut will be available on vinyl next month after repeated requests from fans and DJs.
Vinyl seems to be making an equal impact stateside, too. According to a Jan. 15 story in the Huffington Post, sales of tangible records in the United States saw a 52% increase between 2013 and 2014. Further, the 9.2 million vinyl albums sold in 2014 amounted to the most in a single year since the industry began tracking such movement in 1991.
Surprised to hear vinyl has been making a comeback? Tell us if you’ll jump on the trend of spinning material tracks, or if you’ll keep streaming, instead.