As wax resurgence continues...
'The Endless River'

Is 2014 the year in which that vinyl revival got real?

Sales of the physical product continue to rise, with a flurry of record shops opening across the country to cope with demand.

Pink Floyd's new album 'The Endless River' was released last week, and promptly flew to the top of the vinyl charts. In fact, the album has become the fastest selling vinyl album release of the 21st century...

An astounding fact, for sure, but let's put that into perspective: Pink Floyd only sold 6000 copies to breach this record.

The wider picture, though, remains remarkably healthy. The ongoing success of vinyl has pushed over sales above the million mark for the first time in two decades, reports the BPI, with Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' proving to be the year's biggest seller.

Official Charts Chief Executive, Martin Talbot, said: "In scoring the biggest opening week for a vinyl album this millennium, Pink Floyd’s 'The Endless River' illustrates the British public’s renewed love for this format, which is on course to become a £20 million business this year – an incredible turnaround from barely £3m just five years ago. This resurgence also underlines music fans' continuing fascination with the album."

(via NME)

What's your view? Is the vinyl revival hot air? Or do you welcome the emphatic return of the physical product?

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