Two different styles of rock’n’roll lead the vinyl sales, which hasn’t happened in more than twenty years. Arctic Monkeys and veterans Pink Floyd are the two most best-selling rock bands of recent times. Arctic Monkeys have sold more than 1 million records on vinyl in UK.
The vinyl business is slowly but surely regaining its popularity, starting to resemble the good days, back in 1996, when Britpop bands sold millions of vinyl records of their albums. Bands like Oasis, Blur and Suede were the best-selling bands of their times, long before iTunes and digital downloads started, when buying music in physical form, like CD, vinyl or cassette was the normal thing to do. Oh, the good old days.
The vinyl industry is still at a fraction of the number of songs and albums bought in a digital form, but thanks to bands like Arctic Monkeys and Pink Floyd, there is still hope for old school ways of purchasing music. The latest album by Pink Floyd called “The Endless River” sold in more than 6,000 copies in the first week. Compared to digital sales, it’s a small number, but in vinyl numbers, this means a lot. It’s actually the fastest-selling album on vinyl since 1997.
Following the Arctic Monkeys record vinyl sales, the Official Chart Company is looking to make a weekly vinyl chart. Martin Talbot, of the Official Chart Company said that:
“Only five years ago this business was worth around £3 million a year. This year it’s going to be worth £20 million.”
The year’s best-selling record is AM by Arctic Monkeys, which has sold very well on vinyl. The old-school music lovers still buy their music in a physical format, while fans are beginning to appreciate a music album as a work of art, with artwork, booklet and all. They know how ephemeral digital format is.
Other artists who have broke vinyl record sales include David Bowie, Jack White, Temples and Royal Blood.
Vinyl fans say they love this format because the sound quality in incomparable with other formats and because the vinyl itself makes the listener appreciate the music inside it more.