Vinyl – from hipsters to the charts

by Rosie Melville (@Rolosmelville)

LAST week the UK saw the reintroduction of the UK’s vinyl-only singles and album charts. 

Despite sales of vinyl hitting an all time low in 2007, last year vinyl sales hit an 18-year high of selling over 1 million in 2014. Which is set to grow by another 70% this year when there is other modern formats of listening available, such as online streaming.

Official Charts Company released the weekly chart ahead of the 8th annual Record Store Day which was on the 18th of this month. Selection of vinyls on offer in the Oxfam record store.

Southampton had its own record store day with 4 independent record stores taking back and one record fair held at Solent University Conference Centre.

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of Official Charts Company has said:

“The growth underlines the continuing resurgence of this much-loved format, wether you’re a fan of Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, Led Zeppelin or David Bowie.”

In the vinyl chart’s first week the first number one album was from the American pop-punk band All Time Low, with their 6th studio album, Future Hearts.

Frontman of All Time Low has released a statement about the growth of vinyl:

“What’s been going on with vinyl at the moment is really cool. What I love is that there are different worlds of vinyl fans; there’s the audiophiles who swear by the sound of vinyl, the people for who like owning it as a collector’s piece, and then groups like our fans who buy a vinyl of our record simply so they can hang it on their wall.”

Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s flying birds is 2015’s highest selling vinyl album but this can all change.

Despite the sales of vinyls have increased a study conducted in 2014 found that 15% of physical music, which includes CD and Vinyl is bought and never listened to. For either collector purposes or fashion.

Donated CD's for customers to buy and listen to.
Donated CD’s for customers to buy and listen to.

Hughstreet fashion store, Urban Outfitters provides it’s customers the ability to buy the latest vinyls and turntables to listen to their newly purchased vinyls. They stock such items as Nirvana’s In Utero, Beyoncé’s self titled album and Arctic Monkey’s Whatever people say I am, that’s what i’m not.

To keep up to date with the UK’s vinyl chart you can do so here.