UK Vinyl Sales At Ten-Year High Thanks To Daft Punk, David Bowie and Arctic Monkeys
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.17.2013
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The UK's Official Charts Company has revealed that vinyl sales in the country are at a ten-year high thanks to releases from Daft Punk, Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie. Over 532,000 vinyl albums have been purchased thsi year in the UK, a year-on-year increase of over 100%. LPs make up 0.8% of the UK's albums market, which was 0.1% in 2007. The BPI estimates that vinyl album sales could pass 700,000 by the end of the year.
BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said: "The LP is back in the groove! We're witnessing a renaissance for records – they're no longer retromania and are becoming the format of choice for more and more music fans. This year has been a treat for vinyl aficionados with releases from Daft Punk, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Black Sabbath. While sales only account for a small percentage of the overall market, vinyl sales are growing fast as a new generation discovers the magic of 12" artwork, liner notes and the unique sound of analogue records, often accompanied by a download code for MP3s. As we look forward to new LPs from Arcade Fire and Jake Bugg in the run up to Christmas, the vinyl revival looks set to continue."
One of the main reasons for the format's resurgence has been Record Store Day, which celebrates independent record shops every year. It took place on Saturday, April 20 this year and brought in £2m ($3.22 million) worth of vinyl sales as customers bought special, limited edition releases specially made for the day.
Kim Bayley, Director General of the Entertainment Retailers Association (which organizers the event in the UK), said: "Record Store Day has been incredibly important as a catalyst for the resurgence of vinyl. The fact that indie record shops managed to sell a huge £2m worth of vinyl in one day puts paid to the idea that either vinyl or record stores themselves are on the way out."
Here are the top ten highest-selling vinyl albums in the UK this year:
1. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
2. Arctic Monkeys - AM
3. David Bowie - The Next Day
4. Tomorrow's HarvestBoards of Canada
5. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
6. Atoms for Peace - Amok
7. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
8. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
10. Black Sabbath - 13