In a shocking twist, sales of vinyl records have reached the highest level in 20 years and could be on track to return to the high sales level of the 1980s, according to Forbes.
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Fans of vinyl say that the format allows for a deeper, richer sound than its digital successors, even though the records to scratch more easily and there is some crackling thanks to dust.
"Vinyl is no longer the preserve of baby-boomers who grew up with the format. It now also appeals to a new generation of engaged younger fans and millennials," said Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of BPI, the representative body for UK record labels.
Figures produced from BPI show that LP sales between January and March of this year increased by a record 60% since last year during the same period.
The demand for LPs has grown at an uninterrupted rate for the last 8 years, with sales being at their highest level since 1995. If sales continue to grow at this rate, we will see a boom in vinyl sales.
"While digital platforms provide fans instant and unlimited access to an ever-expanding cosmos of music, they can't quite match the unique experience vinyl gives you," Taylor added in a statement.
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Many famous musicians are moving toward LPs as well. Taylor Swift's 1989, Adele's 25, and the Hamilton Cast Recording have all been released on vinyl. Of course, the vinyl of today isn’t quite like the vinyl of yesteryear. It is more resistant to scratches and skipping, and it produces a deeper sound than ever before.