Vinyl Record Revival
Vinyl is back. Album sales in the UK reached 1.29 million last year — the first time the 1 million mark has been surpassed since 1996. The vinyl format is still only a fraction of the total UK albums market (1.5 percent, to be precise) but now its success is being recognised in the charts. The renewed interest in vinyl doesn’t appear to be slowing either, with album sales in the first quarter of 2015 up 69 percent from the same period last year. Is the growth from audiophiles, collectors, DJs, or a mixture of all three? It’s not clear, but in the age of streaming, it’s nice to see that analog still has a place with music lovers.