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

Could this desktop DIY cutting machine be the future of vinyl? | Music Industry News | 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.

 

 


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Pierre Priot's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:50 AM

this is now on top of my xmas wishlist

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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 | Music Industry News | 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.


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

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, February 1, 2014 5:32 PM

2014, expect even more releases on vinyl.