In the dawn of the digital revolution, with smart phones, Spotify and iTunes taking over the musical air waves, it may come as a shock that Vinyl is more popular than it has been in 25 years.2017 looks to be the year of the Vinyl as it becomes a billion-dollar industry according to financial consultants Deloitte’s.
They claim around a fifth of physical music product sales will be Vinyl, along with 7 per cent of the £15 billion global music industry.
Cassettes and CDs looked to wipe out vinyl but it seems the tables have turned.
Vinyl shop owner Tim Scullion believes the feeling of a CD and cassette just can’t compete with vinyl “there’s just something, they’re not as tactile as the paper cover of a record.” Mr Scullion, the owner of Hastings ‘Wow and Flutter’ says they struggled to keep the popular classics, such as Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles, in stock because they sold out so fast.
The death of many musical icons in 2016 seems to have sent people to their roots as Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ sold more than double the copies of Adele’s ’25.’
HMV’s vinyl sales surged by more than half in 2016 according to the stores chairman, Paul McGowan.
But fans and collectors don’t seem as happy with this. Vinyl collector Brett Pegg doesn’t quite believe HMVs vinyls are all they’re scratched up to be. “A lot of the newer vinyl’s, of older music as well, is taken from the CD masters, so you’re basically buying glorified CD,” he said.
Even though the popularity of vinyl is rapidly moving up the music consumer charts, consumers don’t seem to be giving their purchases a spin with a BBC poll revealing almost half of people admitting they have not played their vinyls in the last month.