The UK nation is getting back into the groove with a resurgence in sales of record players alongside music on vinyl. Sales of turntables are up by a staggering 240 per cent at John Lewis in the first few months of this year compared to same period in 2014. It was widely believed that digital music, the iPod and the internet had killed vinyl, the record player and record shop, however the sales figures paint a very different picture.
Just last month a new official chart for vinyl record sales was launched to reflect the revival. Vinyl album sales reached a 20 year high of 1.29million in 2014 following seven years of unbroken growth, according to the Official Charts company. And this trend has continued in the first few months of 2015 with sales of albums up by 69 per cent versus a year ago and vinyl single sales up 23 per cent. Young adults are driving the trend and at the top of the vinyl album chart are acts like the US rock band Alabama Shakes, Scotland’s Biffy Clyro, and the American singer songwriter Sufjan Steven. The singles chart is headed by David Bowie with the 1970s classic Changes, ahead of songs by Noel Gallagher, the Manchester Indie band 1975 and even ‘Take on me’ by A-Ha.
Via Daily Mail