Sales of vinyl LPs in the U.K. are at a 10-year high, thanks to a big boost by such artists as Arctic Monkeys, Black Sabbath and Queens of the Stone Age.
Data released today (Oct. 17) by the British Official Charts Company reveals that 532,000 LPs have been purchased in 2013 thus far, an increase of more than 100 percent over last year.
BPI, the British music industry’s trade body, estimates that sales of vinyl will likely surpass 700,000 by year’s end. “We’re witnessing a renaissance for records,” says BPI chief executive, Geoff Taylor. “They’re no longer retromania and are becoming the format of choice for more and more music fans. 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.”
The top 10 selling vinyl albums of 2013 in the UK so far are:
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Arctic Monkeys – AM
David Bowie – The Next Day
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow's Harvest
Queens of the Stone Age – ... Like Clockwork
Atoms for Peace – Amok
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
Black Sabbath – 13
Further reading: Turn! Turn! Turn! A History of Turntables