The revival of the vinyl was something that snuck up on the music industry recently, but now it is undeniably once again a major part of the industry today, and in week 48 of 2016 for the first time ever vinyl sales has beaten that of digital downloads.
So what is the reason for the rapid increase of vinyl sales? It could be that vinyl records are playing a major part in people’s Christmas lists for 2016, as most bands or artists nowadays are fully backing the vinyl movement and are releasing their latest albums in this format, and similarly to CDs they really make for a great present.
Black Friday could also be a factor in the sales, which seemed to be bigger and more popular than ever in the UK this year in terms of both the amount of stores that were participating and how many people were buying products, which of course included a mass amount of vinyls that were purchased on the day.
The number of high street supermarkets that now stock vinyls is very high compared to previous years, so it may not just be Black Friday that has influenced the sales in week 48, it may also be related to the increased availability of vinyl records in more shops than there ever has been before.
A few years ago if somebody would have suggested that this major vinyl revival would have occurred you would have probably laughed it off, but there is something about the records that appears so relevant to music today yet still has the classic elements to it, and it just seems to work very well at this current moment in time.
So it looks like vinyls are back and here to stay, and maybe we will begin to see more weeks where these records are outselling the digital downloads.