16 Apr 2015
Over the last decade we have seen such a vast change in the music consumption landscape it’s surprising that we’ve kept up with it. Back in 2007, digital downloads were the ‘thing’ and ascending month by month, whilst vinyl and C.D. sales dwindled and stood in the dust of digital. But, thankfully, this is changing, so much so that we are now going to see a chart just for vinyl records.
In recent years, sales for vinyl have rocketed, Gennaro Castaldo, of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said “With the sales of vinyl albums at their highest level since the heady days of Britpop, and growing, the introduction of an official vinyl chart at this time makes perfect sense”
This chart was launched on Monday ahead of this weekends Record Store Day.
Gennaro Castaldo – “The chart will not only help us to better understand which artists and type of music are driving this resurgence, but will also help guide a new generation of younger, but emotionally engaged, fans as they contemplate the vinyl delights that await them”.
Why the chart now?
Back in 2014 vinyl record sales were at their highest for several years, reaching over 1 million in 2014, with a massive increase in 2013 with 780,000 sales, which was double 2012’s sales.
This increase in sales of vinyl shows that the music consumer is looking beyond the digital and towards the physical for their music consumption, and it seems like a brilliant idea to start a chart now.
We’re all looking forward to seeing how the chart pans out and hope that the increasing interest in vinyl continues. Check out this blog on the ten most anticipated releases for Record Store Day 2015.