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Support Indie Record Stores!

Support Indie Record Stores! | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The point is this: when you buy a record at Amazon, it means you’re not buying a record from us. To Amazon, your $20 is chump change. To us, your $20 helps us buy 2 more really awesome records that we want to expose you to. We’re all about introducing you to music that we love and supporting the local music scene.
Pierre Priot's insight:

No. Amazon's vinyl store ain't a vinyl store. It's a record store killing machine.

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THE MANY ARRIVALS OF THE VINYL REVIVAL (PART ONE) | Independent Leeds

THE MANY ARRIVALS OF THE VINYL REVIVAL (PART ONE) | Independent Leeds | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The effects being felt right now as mums and dads, grans and granddads, fortunate to have horded their old record collections in lofts, cupboards and garages are now finally heralded as heroically hip futurologists by their awestruck teens.

But how did this happen? What events occurred that caused this seismic sonic shift? And in Leeds, a city blessed with some very long-standing independent record shops, how can you revive something that never disappeared in the first place?

Well I suspect two main shots across the bows of the digital world had quite an effect so if you’ll indulge me for a while longer I’ll try to articulate best I can that unholy alliance of old and young who unknowingly spawned a million articles like this one.
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Vinyl revival seen from the record store perspective: "how can you revive something that never disappeared in the first place?"

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Have We Reached Peak Vinyl? - Stereogum

Have We Reached Peak Vinyl? - Stereogum | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Stewart Anderson has had enough. The frontman for noise-pop veterans Boyracer and head of likeminded label 555 Recordings has been releasing music on vinyl since 1991. But the well-documented manufacturing delays that have gone hand in hand with the format’s unlikely resurgence have finally pushed the artist/entrepreneur to the point of wanting to break it off with analog discs.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Is the vinyl revival sustainable? How long will indie acts be able to afford wax?

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Music streaming doubles as plays reach almost 15 billion in a year

Music streaming doubles as plays reach almost 15 billion in a year | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Data from Kantar Worldpanel showed that over a quarter of adults (26.8%) used a dedicated music streaming service such as Spotify, Deezer, Google Play or Rdio at some point in 2014, with around 1 in 16 adults using the paid tier of one for at least part of the year.

The BPI’s report also revealed a slow-down in the rate of decline of CD album sales and vinyl sales reaching a 20-year high at 1.3 million sales in 2014, as listeners adopt a "multi-channel" digital/physical approach to music consumption.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Streaming doubles in UK, and yet vinyl sales hit a 1.3M figure ; could streaming be actually boosting physical sales?

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Digital May Dominate Music Consumption, But Majority of Vinyl Buyers Are 35 and Under

Digital May Dominate Music Consumption, But Majority of Vinyl Buyers Are 35 and Under | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

At Amoeba Music, the hangar-size rock 'n' roll Mecca on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard, something ­surprising happened just before Christmas in 2013. After a few years of ­moderate growth, vinyl records started flying off the shelves in serious quantities for the first time since CDs took over in the late 1980s. Powered by Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and ­classic rock reissues, LP sales "exploded" that November, ­according to Amoeba GM Rik Sanchez. "It's just continued since -- it's substantial, a really heavy spike," he says. "Having a record in your hand is just way cooler than having a file in your iPod."

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Profiling the vinyl enthusiasts

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Neil Young calls vinyl revival “a fashion statement” – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.

Neil Young calls vinyl revival “a fashion statement” – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Neil Young has dismissed the boom in sales of vinyl records as “nothing but a fashion statement”.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Grand-pa Neil has a good point: what's the point of pressing vinyl out of digital masters?

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Could this desktop DIY cutting machine be the future of vinyl?

Could this desktop DIY cutting machine be the future of vinyl? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

An Australian inventor has launched a crowd-funding project for a tiny machine he says can cut vinyl records in minutes.

Paul Butler Tayar and his team at Machina Pro want to raise AUD$10,000 to bring the Desktop Record Cutter to market. They hope to “democratise the cutting process” with what they call a ‘turn-key’ stereo cutting system, which lets you simply plug in your audio and cut straight to vinyl.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

this is now on top of my xmas wishlist

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Music Technology Comes Full Circle

Music Technology Comes Full Circle | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
According to industry watchers, the renewed popularity of record players reflects a dissatisfaction with the diminished quality of free music.
Pierre Priot's insight:

So people turn back to vinyl 'cause they want the real thing? Makes perfect sense to me.

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Pressing plants feel the strain with vinyl records back in the groove

Pressing plants feel the strain with vinyl records back in the groove | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The commercial revival of vinyl records is good thing for many people: Record labels, recording artists, audiophile collectors, independent record shops — all for whom the increase in sales each year is considered a jolt of life in what otherwise is considered a growing public disinterest in owning tangible music.

Pierre Priot's insight:

The vinyl revival is powered by aging vintage presses.

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Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
The crackle of a vinyl revival has been getting louder this year as dropping the needle on a record becomes ever more in vogue. But what has been championed as a victory for music purists is putting a strain on a creaking industry.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Right now the record industry most valuable piece of equipment is a record-pressing machine 

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Articles: Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback

Articles: Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl's Comeback | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Vinyl’s sharp rise began in 2008, when sales nearly doubled from the previous year’s 1 million to 1.9 million. The tallies have gone up each year since, and 2013’s 6.1 million is a 33 percent increase over 2012’s 4.6 million. (Those numbers are even larger when you account for releases that fall outside SoundScan’s reach.) The resurgent format’s market share is still far smaller than CDs, digital, and streaming—vinyl accounted for only 2 percent of all album sales last year, compared to 41 percent for digital and 57 percent for CDs—and no one expects it to regain dominance. But it’s more than a trend, and it’s not going away anytime soon. “Four years ago, maybe half our releases would get an LP option,” says James Cartwright, production manager at Merge Records. “Now every release we do has a vinyl format.”

 

 

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In-depth pitchfork story on vinyl and the industry embracing its comeback

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The Official Top 20 Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums Of 2014 so far

The Official Top 20 Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums Of 2014 so far | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The success of the various albums has helped get 2014 off to the best start in more than a decade for vinyl albums. Last year saw 790,000 vinyl albums sold in the UK – but 2014 is already more than one-third of the way to that target after 15 weeks, putting it on course for sales around 900,000 for the full year (if sales continue at the current rate).

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Vinyl top 20 features a lot more of great albums than the regular charts! 

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The rise of vinyl and why records sound ‘warm’ | Toronto Star

The rise of vinyl and why records sound ‘warm’ | Toronto Star | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

This year the major labels get back on board with analog technology in a big way.

In 2014, it’s safe to say, the major Canadian music labels will release more music on vinyl than they have since the heyday of the format more than 30 years ago.

Pierre Priot's insight:

2014, expect even more releases on vinyl.

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Pierre Creff's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:07 PM

"Universal also plans to bring back some notable ’70s reggae albums from the Virgin Front Line label." Good news ! 

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Vinyl Generates More Revenue Than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Free Spotify COMBINED - Digital Music News

Vinyl Generates More Revenue Than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Free Spotify COMBINED - Digital Music News | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
  Vinyl sales have been surging for years.  But now, the oldest format on the market is generating more revenues than all ad-supported on-demand streaming music services,...
Pierre Priot's insight:

Yet another perfect demonstration of real numbers telling a fake story.

$221M is the total amount of US vinyl ; only a small piece of that pie will bring revenue to copyright holders when stores, distributors, labels... have taken their share.

The other figure is free streaming royalties revenue, which is ridiculously low compared to the actual ad revenues driven to digital services (hint: billions).

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Cy Queen's curator insight, September 26, 2015 7:41 PM

Are you making sure to ad Vinyl to your marketing efforts?
Looks like you REALLY should!

John Joseph's curator insight, October 7, 2015 7:36 AM

Vinyl is beating all these services on the market and that is amazing considering how much all these services like YouTube and Spotify make annually.

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America’s newest pressing plant will focus on independent labels

America’s newest pressing plant will focus on independent labels | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
America’s newest pressing plant will focus on independent labels - The Vinyl Factory - the Home of Vinyl
Pierre Priot's insight:

Indie labels access to vinyl releases depends on new pressing plant openings

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How Vinyl Records Made Their Comeback

How Vinyl Records Made Their Comeback | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In the jukebox world vinyl is pretty much the genesis of the whole phenomenon – but now it’s making a comeback!
In our infographic below we take a look at just why this might be…
Pierre Priot's insight:

Great piece of infographic covering the wax comeback

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Christine Rose Infanger's curator insight, June 21, 2015 6:38 PM
Vinyl...the format that just won't quit.
Flipside Media 's curator insight, August 11, 2015 4:05 AM

Great piece of infographic covering the wax comeback

Flipside Media 's curator insight, August 11, 2015 4:09 AM

Great piece of infographic covering the wax comeback

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Vinyl sales are still on the rise in 2015, fueling a revival that keeps pointing up

Vinyl sales are still on the rise in 2015, fueling a revival that keeps pointing up | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
It looks like the vinyl resurgence isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, for 2015, it may be getting stronger. Vinyl album sales between January and March of this year were 53 percent higher than the first three months of 2014, according to a recent Nielsen report.
Pierre Priot's insight:

US Vinyl sales hit 9.2 million units in 2015 - highest figure in 20 years!

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Europe’s largest turntable manufacturer posts record sales; plans huge expansion

Europe’s largest turntable manufacturer posts record sales; plans huge expansion | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Czech turntable manufacturer SEV Litovel, reportedly Europe’s largest producer of hi-fi quality gramophones, has revealed they will be boosting production by 20% to keep up with burgeoning export demand. The company sold a staggering 96,000 gramophones in 2014, almost three times its 2010 output.

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Now you wish you hadn't ditched that good ol turntable of yours don't  you?

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Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris

Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
In the first half of 2014, officially registered sales of vinyl in the US stood at around 4m, confirming an increase of more than 40% compared to the same period in 2013. In the UK, this year’s accredited sales will come in at around 1.2m, more than 50% up on last year. That may represent a tiny fraction of the industry’s estimated sales of recorded music, but still, a means of listening to music essentially invented in the 19th century and long since presumed to be dead is growing at speed, and the presses at Optimal – along with similar facilities smattered across the UK, mainland Europe, the US and beyond – are set to grind and pump on, into the future.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Great story about the Optimal vinyl pressing factory (Röbel, Germany) and in-depth analysis of the wax comeback 

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Mixmag | UK VINYL SALES AT HIGHEST SINCE 1996

Mixmag | UK VINYL SALES AT HIGHEST SINCE 1996 | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
UK music shops have shifted one million records this year and the amount of wax units sold is expected to rise even further over Christmas.

It's the first time this amount of sales has been achieved in a year since 1996 and follows last month's estimation that the figure would be reached.

As a result of the wax resurgence, the Official Chart Company (OCC) is set to launch a weekly vinyl chart, revealing that the vinyl industry is now worth around £20 million, and sales are estimated to hit 1.2 million after the festive period.
Pierre Priot's insight:

Party like it's 1996

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Music Production Evolution: The Rise Of Digital vs. The Vinyl Revival — MusicTank

Music Production Evolution: The Rise Of Digital vs. The Vinyl Revival — MusicTank | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

The unexpected sales success of music formatting last year has been labelled ‘The Vinyl Revival’.

Laura Creed, Superfi has delved into how and why the cult following for vinyl has resurfaced in this booming digital age.  Alongside this, she questions the popularity of digital and what this could mean for the music industry.

Below is an explanatory info graphic into the research findings.  Following the info graphic is further commentary to compliment the graphical representations of the study.

Pierre Priot's insight:

Don't call it a comeback. Vinyl's been here for years.

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Clae Wilson's curator insight, November 9, 2014 10:40 PM

The infographic in this article is really cool, as it gives a lot of great visual representations of how music sales have been shifting in past years. It shows that, while vinyl is still only a small sliver of total units sold, it's growing by leaps and bounds and has a very promising future.

Ryan Kowalkowski's curator insight, November 11, 2014 3:42 PM

There is a desire for music fans to own copies of their albums, but the debate over physical copies vs digital downloads if a finer line.

Christian Torres's curator insight, October 12, 2015 10:42 PM

Vinyls sale continue growing as the time pass, the Vinyl industry is back in the game again.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything: Which Format Sounds Better -- Vinyl, CD's Or MP3's?

Ask John Schaefer Anything: Which Format Sounds Better -- Vinyl, CD's Or MP3's? | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

By most anyone’s standards, John Schaefer knows a lot about music. Yet despite his two radio shows and various other music-related projects, we get the feeling he's withholding some of that knowledge. So now's your chance to ask Soundcheck's famously brainy host anything as long as it has something to do with music.

Pierre Priot's insight:

For you fools still believing in the so-called "digital quality"

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Ryan Kowalkowski's curator insight, November 11, 2014 3:48 PM

Weighs the differences between each. Emphasizes the personal preference of the debate.

Nigel Ticknor's comment, November 12, 2014 6:15 PM
Woah. I never realized the true quality of the vinyl record. I think I will start carrying around a record player instead of an mp3 player from now on.
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Top Ten Vinyl Record Myths

Top Ten Vinyl Record Myths | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Vinyl is dead:

Not even close.
Vinyl is the only physical music medium that is increasing in sales. In 2009, more than 2.5 million vinyl records were sold in the United  States. Best Buy, the third largest music retailer, now has 50 stores that carry vinyl albums.

Pierre Priot's insight:

10 facts about vinyl. If you ask me, #9 should be #1

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Paul Weller Boycotting Record Store Day Over eBay Resales

Paul Weller Boycotting Record Store Day Over eBay Resales | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

“I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these ‘limited editions’ by touts,” the former Jam frontman writes in a statement via his Facebook page. “Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won’t be taking part in Record Store Day again.”

 

 

Pierre Priot's insight:

Damn right Paul. The point of Record Store Day is to bring back people into the stores not to provide a profit opportunity for smart-ass e-bay sellers.

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Record Store Day 2014: The spin is still in

Record Store Day 2014: The spin is still in | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Around the corner in Reckless Records, 22-year-old Joe is thumbing through records - some which have price tags of up to £50 - by Pixies and Sonic Youth. "These bands are still relevant now," he says. "They have a great sound. I prefer to buy on vinyl because it's much cooler."

Pierre Priot's insight:

Don't call it a comeback, Vinyl's been here for years!

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