The BBC reports that vinyl record sales have hit an 18-year high:
Earlier this month, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River became the fastest-selling vinyl release since 1997. UK’s Official Chart Company told the BBC it will soon launch a weekly vinyl chart.
“In an era when we’re all talking about digital music, the fact that these beautiful physical artefacts are still as popular as they are is fantastic,” said Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company.
The article notes that buyers seem to be split into two group: people who grew up with vinyl and ‘hipsters’:
“I think it’s sort of a hipster thing,” remarked one shopper at Rough Trade East, a popular record store off Brick Lane in East London. “Things that were cool decades ago, but fell out of fashion, are making a comeback.”
Open Mic: What do you think of the resurgence in vinyl LPs as a music format? Is it just a ‘hipster thing’, nostalgia, or do you think there are qualities inherent in the format that makes it a more satisfying format for music?