This is a momentous week in vinyl history, not only has Record Store Day 2015 taken place this weekend, vinyl has officially been given a standalone chart to celebrate the iconic format.
Vinyl sales have reached the highest they have been for 20 years reaching a whopping 1.29 million, with a further expected 70% increase this year alone. Vinyl has had a long journey to get to where it is today, but very little about the technology behind the format has changed since the very first commercially available record launched in 1930.
With the introduction of digital downloads, Vinyl saw a steady decline down to less than 0.1% of album sales in the UK in 2007, but since then there has been a record renaissance. Vinyl is a form of music you can hold, own and collect; something you can’t do with digital downloads that gives it an edge over the ever disposable music of today.
The official vinyl chart is a mixed bag of musical excellence, combining a dizzying array of up and coming artists, classic favourites and little known treasures. Not surprisingly it is almost entirely different to the digital download chart as vinyl is a considered purchase whereas you’re likely to find the Fast and Furious 7 soundtrack somewhere near the top of the download chart. However, there are some interesting cross overs; new favourite James Bay, Drenge, Prodigy and Ed Sheeran all make an appearance in both charts. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be too many vinyl collectors out there that are Taylor Swift fans.
Record Store Day 2015 saw over 550 releases from David Bowie to Grizzly Bear, Brian Wilson to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, !!! to Brian Eno. A myriad of genres, artists, demographics, formats and limited editions, it’s like Christmas has come early for the independent record shops.
We’d love to see what you got your hands on this weekend, share a photo with us on twitter and share the vinyl love.