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Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris

Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris | Music Industry News | 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.

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, January 7, 2015 3:25 PM

Great story about the Optimal vinyl pressing factory (Röbel, Germany) and in-depth analysis of the wax 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 | Music Industry News | 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).

 

 


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Pierre Priot's curator insight, April 22, 2014 5:30 AM

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

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Is the Internet Really a Record Store’s Enemy? 5 Shops on Existing in the Digital Age - Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade

Is the Internet Really a Record Store’s Enemy? 5 Shops on Existing in the Digital Age - Stephen Godfroy, Rough Trade | Music Industry News | Scoop.it
The music industry has not been the same since Napster. Or iTunes. Or YouTube. Or Spotify. It seems that every couple years the distribution model for music is taken for another digital turn. Recently, the rise of streaming has allowed services like Spotify and SoundCloud to instantaneously collect vast swaths of information on listeners. Just a few weeks ago, The Atlantic published an article looking at how the music biz utilizes these listener stats to grow their businesses. Some feared that it would lead to widespread homogenization of popular music. Fortunately, artists still seem to rely more on tried-and-true creative inspiration when writing music than on aggregated stats for geo-targeted listeners.

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, December 16, 2014 4:08 PM

Five great records owners: five gospels about this noble business 

Nicole O'Connor's curator insight, January 17, 10:58 AM

Record stores keep up by getting involved in Social Media! Smooth Move!

JustTheBeginning's curator insight, February 9, 9:58 PM

I can see exactly what this displays where it talks about how increasingly strong digital technology is consumers our culture. At the rate things are moving it sorta looks hopeless for the future of record stores now that mass media is advertised so abundant it must be hard to come across a decent retro design or as we would say scheme of things.