Superfans account for 72% of UK vinyl market says ERA
The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has put out some data on the importance of ‘superfans’. By its definition, those are people who spend more than £400 a year on their favourite entertainment format,...
May 16, 2018
Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s launches its own vinyl label
One of the strangest aspects of the vinyl revival in the UK has been the sighting of LPs and turntables on sale in the biggest supermarket chains – previously the bastion of narrow top-40 and compilation CD sales. Now...
November 1, 2017
First projects from Kickstarter ‘Make Vinyl’ initiative go live
When we interviewed Kickstarter head of music Molly Neuman last September, she made it clear that partnerships were high on her agenda. One of the first was with vinyl-crowdfunding startup Qrates for an initiative called...
August 9, 2017
Breaking metal bands in 2017: Spotify, social media, vinyl and more
“Kids know their shit. You could talk to a 17 year-old who has looked at their music through Spotify, and they will know more about Carcass than I fucking do! Because they just absorb all this music, all the time.” Merlin...
March 6, 2017
Vinyl albums outgrossed download albums in UK last week
There is some sketchy reporting around some figures released by the UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association yesterday: we’ve seen claims that vinyl is now outselling music downloads in the UK, which is incorrect. Go...
December 7, 2016
Vinyl-only labels find their place in the streaming era
Streaming may be mainstream, but there’s some fun stuff happening at the margins of the recorded-music industry with vinyl-only labels too.
July 15, 2016
BPI returns to vinyl / YouTube comparison for 2015
Comparing vinyl sales with online-video revenues has become one of the sticks the music industry is using to beat YouTube with. The BPI was first to make the comparison in November 2015 with chief executive Geoff Taylor’s...
May 20, 2016
UK research claims streaming drives vinyl sales
Last week, the BPI hailed the latest surge in sales of vinyl albums in the UK. Now research firm ICM Unlimited has claimed that music-streaming services are playing an important role in that trend. In the company’s latest...
April 18, 2016
Brits bought 637k vinyl albums in Q1 this year
As the UK prepares for Record Store Day, the BPI has released figures showing that Brits bought 637k vinyl albums in the first quarter of 2016. That’s up 61.8% year-on-year, with vinyl now accounting for 3.9% of the...
April 15, 2016
Italy’s Recorded Music Market 2015, April 2016
This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report
April 13, 2016
Turntables are hot at CES 2016 with Technics and Sony
The vinyl revival has already seen turntables back on sale in mass-market retailers like Tesco in the UK, and the devices are also making headlines at this week’s CES show in Las Vegas. Vinyl-heads are understandably...
January 8, 2016
Tesco to sell vinyl as ‘trendy Christmas gifting option’
In August, British supermarket chain Tesco cut a deal to sell the vinyl version of Iron Maiden’s new album in 55 of its stores. The experiment obviously went well, for Tesco is expanding it: from this weekend, it started...
December 7, 2015