The music industry has seen a rise in the want for vinyls. With the want for all things vintage The Global Panorama looks at why LPs are making a comeback.
Picture this—you enter in a record store, go to the vinyl section and get lost with the variety of artists’ albums that are being sold there. No, you did not take a time machine and landed back in the 1990s. Nowadays, the nostalgia of old times has changed the phonographic market and more artists are recording in vinyls.
It’s been a long time since music industry declared the death of LPs. The development of technology brought to the scene the compact discs, the must-have of the middle ’90s. From that time until now, vinyls has been considered an artefact of collectors.
More than 60 years ago, the vinyls were taking the shelves of the record stores around the world. The first commercially-available vinyl long-playing record, marketed as “Program Transcription” discs were launched in 1930, by RCA Victor. From that year, label records started the process of developing the artefact and soon enough the vinyls developed their appearance we know and love today.
But what once was considered a museum artefact to be found in garage sales, is now becoming popular again. The sales of vinyl in record stores have grown considerably. Brazilian Robbery Rodrigues is the owner of a store that sells LPs, old and new. According to him, he sells ten 10 discs every day.
Another Brazilian, Oliver Lawrence, said that there are days when he sells more vinyls than CDs at his store. “Despite the high value of the new releases, people come here asking for them,” told Lawrence.
Last year, vinyl sales have reached more than 1 million units in the UK alone. This 2014 figure was the highest since 1996. The list of most selling LPs shows Arctic Monkey’s AM, followed by Pinks Floyd’s The Endless River.
It’s curious to see how something vintage could make an incredible turnaround to the market. For those in London who love the vinyls, on March 28, the Independent Label Market returns. The event sells fresh vinyl produced directly to the public at that traditional goods exchange—a market stall. It will take place at Old Spitalfields Market.
— Mariana Fernandes, Correspondent (Music)
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