With 844,122 vinyl records already sold in the UK so far this year, it looks as if vinyl record sales might pass the million milestone by the end of 2014.
The vinyl record sales have already exceeded the 2013 figure of 829,243 records sold and the 2014 figure is four times more than the sales back in 2008. The top vinyl record sales of the year so far come from artists like the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis.
There is no doubt that the “Record Revival” has been triggered and precipitated by Record Store Day which takes place in April, with vinyl record fans queuing at independent record shops to secure limited vinyl record editions released by their favourite icons.
Simon Sterland, Record Press Blog author and owner of online framed vinyl record gift retailer MyFirstRecord.co.uk, points out: “The vinyl record industry is going from strength to strength, year on year. This is comprehensive proof, if it were needed, that there is a growing customer base for physical copies of music in a technology driven world. I can only see this trend for vinyl record buying continuing as clearly the music download is no substitute for the the tactileness of the vinyl single or album, not to mention the decorative album cover artwork. Put simply, vinyl has a personality all of its own. This increase in national vinyl record sales is mirrored by MyFirstRecord.co.uk sales in 2014, which have more than doubled on last year and we still have the important Christmas trading period to come.”
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