In case you didn’t know, vinyl is cool again, and one indication is that the hipster mecca Urban Outfitters is saying it’s become the world’snumber one seller of records.
On a call with industry analysts this past week, Urban Outfitter’s Chief Administrative Office Calvin Hollinger claimed that the company was the biggest seller of vinyl on the planet, saying, “Music is very, very important to the Urban customer … in fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller.”
The company didn’t disclose sales numbers, but it would be an impressive feat if the often-offensive clothing retailer is indeed outselling Amazon when it comes to LPs. To be fair, there isn’t a lot of competition, as not many chains carry vinyl. In 2012, independent record stores were collectively responsible for 64% of all vinyl sales in the United States. Just last year, both Target and Whole Foods decided to jump on the trend and start offering shelf space for select titles, but sales aren’t significant yet.