Daft Punk and Arctic Monkeys have helped push sales of vinyl albums to a ten year high.
It's an oft made observation, but the rise of digital technology seems to have triggered a fondness for physical music. The cassette has been brought back from the death, while vinyl sales continue to grow.
With events such as Record Store Day triggering the comeback, a number of big releases have come equipped with special vinyl-only editions. As a result, say the Official Chart Company, vinyl sales of album releases have reached a ten year high.
According to the latest figures, more than 500,000 LPs have been shifted in 2013 to date. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' is out in front as the top seller, with overall sales up more than 100% year on year.
Sadly, though, the bigger picture still looks imposing: vinyl accounted for 0.8% of the UK albums market. The BPI’s chief executive, Geoff Taylor said: "The LP is back in the groove, in an outburst that in no way suggests he has a team of people writing this stuff for him. We’re witnessing a renaissance for records – they’re no longer retromania and are becoming the format of choice for more and more music fans." (via NME)
The Top Ten Bes Selling Vinyl Albums Of 2013 (Thus Far)
1 Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
2 Arctic Monkeys – AM
3 David Bowie – The Next Day
4 Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
5 Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
6 Atoms For Peace – Amok
7 Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
8 The National – Trouble Will Find Me
9 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
10 Black Sabbath – 13
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