Saturday, 17 November 2018

Is that a record? Vinyl in facts and figures

RECORD Store Day is a celebration of the culture of independent record shops. Stores stock a

RECORD Store Day is a celebration of the culture of independent record shops. Stores stock a range of exclusive products and host a range of events to celebrate.

Last year saw 2.1 million LPs purchased as vinyl sales climbed 64 per cent to a 21-year high.

In 2007, the year before Record Store Day started, LPs accounted for just 0.1 per cent of the album market. In 2015 they accounted for six per cent.

In 2015, the best-selling vinyl title was Adele’s 25, while interest in the Amy Winehouse Amy documentary helped propel Back to Black into the top three.

Record Store Day is not a business or corporate body but an initiative controlled by independent record shops themselves.



Record Store Day is an indie event — indie stores selling mainly indie label product. This year, nearly 80 per cent of releases are from independent labels. In 2015, it was 76 per cent indie label product and in 2014, 79 per cent indie label product. The major/indie label ratio has remained relatively static for the last few years.



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