Vinyl Records: The Comeback

by Alain Abou Atmeh, Jun 23, 2017 . 3 min read

Vinyl Records: The Comeback

With vinyl record sales in the United States having increased by a whopping 1200 percent over the past decade, it’s official: the vinyl revival that began in the early 2000s isn’t just a fad, it’s a major trend.

 

So what’s the story with the big comeback of vinyl records?

 

The digital revolution

 

With the advent of CDs in the late 1980s, explains Steve Sheldon during a 2014 tour of the Rainbo Records factory, the vinyl market became limited to just DJs and audiophiles. But even as the labels were giving up on producing new vinyl records altogether, Sheldon decided to keep 14 of his record presses.

 

Over the next decades, vinyl was practically left for dead. Then, in the 2000s, sales began to increase. Now, Rainbo is struggling to keep up with demand.

 

2007 a watershed year

 

According to Nielsen SoundScan, in 2007, US LP sales shot up to nearly one million, while turntable sales increased from a meager 270,000 in 2006 to close to half a million. Cris Ashworth, the owner of United Record Pressing, calls it “a watershed year,” thanks to a surge in new vinyl records by artists such as Elvis Costello, Nine Inch Nails, Ryan Adams, and a growing preference for vinyl by independent labels.

 

In 2008, sales of LPs rose by 89 percent, with Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” topping the list. Sales that year were also propelled by Capitol Records’ reissue of some of their most celebrated albums on vinyl, including the Beatles’ “Abbey Road,” and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

 

Back in the groove

 

The surge in popularity of vinyl records coincides with a drop in CD and digital sales, as music lovers of all ages have increasingly come to appreciate the warmer, fuller, more authentic sounds of analog recording. The artwork, the liner notes, and the enhanced engagement with the music are also drawing more and more people to vinyl records, along with innovative new technologies.

 

Interestingly, the growth of vinyl also goes hand-in-hand with the rise of streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, which have replaced the radio as a the main way for people to discover new music.

 

If anyone was wondering about the fate of the vinyl “fad” in the mid-2000s, time has given us a definitive answer: vinyl is making a major comeback, and it looks like it’s here to stay!

 

Resources:

 

Forbes

The Guardian

Digital Music News

Statista

Collecting Vinyl Records

Digital Music News (2)

Further Reading – The Art of the Concert Poster



Get our free Alternate Tunings Guide!
Submit

Check out some other similar articles

Take advantage of our biggest backer-exclusive discounts and get your hands on this next-generation automatic tuner. Back the Kickstarter campaign today and be the first to receive the Roadie 3.

Guitarists are a dime a dozen. Unique guitarists are not. And then there are those who stand in the rarified air of having their unique guitar playing styles widely imitated.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Jul 14, 2020 . 4 min read

Is it really over?! Well, not quite! Roadie 3 is now available on Indiegogo with exclusive perks for a limited time!

For most of you, Roadie 3’s launch on Kickstarter on May 20, 2020, is not new news. 

Hussein El Annan
Jul 7, 2020 . 3 min read

As guitar players, practicing is the most important tool we have to get better. I hate to break it to you, but there is no way around this one.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Jul 6, 2020 . 6 min read

Some say that few things match the gift of giving. Sharing and giving usually does good to all parties involved. People love presents, and guitar players are no exception. So to help make the right impression, here are the top ten gifts your guitar-player friend will love.

Rodrigo Sanchez
Jul 3, 2020 . 6 min read

Earlier this month, we witnessed a historical mass day of observation – Blackout Tuesday. Many called it the largest modern showing of solidarity in the fight against racism that the Black Lives Matter organization has ever seen.

Donna Maurer
Jun 23, 2020 . 3 min read

John Lennon was one of the most beloved songwriters of his generation and was taken from us way too soon. Lennon is well-remembered to this day, not only as a musician but as an activist and a counter-culture icon.

Frederik Nielsen
Jun 19, 2020 . 3 min read

The violin’s classical reputation precedes it. However, it’s an instrument that is more versatile than you may have initially thought! Especially when talking about the electric violin.

Frederik Nielsen
Jun 16, 2020 . 3 min read

Practice makes perfect, but there’s always room for improvement. If you want to become a master, then you need some effective habits to improve your guitar skills.

Frederik Nielsen
Jun 16, 2020 . 3 min read

Although the lockdown is slowly easing up in many parts of the world, we’re still not at the stage where we can all jump around and frolic in the wild. So how will you spend the last months and weeks of the quarantine?

Frederik Nielsen
Jun 9, 2020 . 3 min read

Johnny Cash: real name or not? Even though he passed nearly two decades ago, Johnny Cash is still popular today — even outside of his genre. His songs still have a profound impact on his listeners and his legend will probably outlive most of his peers.

Frederik Nielsen
Jun 5, 2020 . 3 min read

From talking about the ups and downs the genre has gone through to covering some of the most influential artists, we’ve talked about jazz a bunch of times on this blog.

Frederik Nielsen
Jun 4, 2020 . 3 min read

Did you see that? The start of our campaign was explosive! In under 10 minutes, we reached 100% of our funding goal and so far raised over $290K in the first 14 days alone! 

Tamara Habchi
Jun 3, 2020 . 2 min read

Although many parents have found the iPad to be a good substitute for parenting, there are those who believe that DIY crafts make more balanced human beings in the long run.

Tamara Habchi
May 28, 2020 . 4 min read

Roadie 3 has finally launched on Kickstarter in the most explosive way possible!

Tamara Habchi
May 21, 2020 . 2 min read

At times like these, it’s easy to forget that there are ailments out there other than COVID-19. That’s not to make light of the current situation but just being real.

Frederik Nielsen
May 11, 2020 . 4 min read

Why should you change your guitar strings? They’re not even broken!

Frederik Nielsen
May 8, 2020 . 3 min read

Picking the greatest musical moments in guitar history is almost impossible. Where do you even start? With the invention of the guitar?

Frederik Nielsen
May 5, 2020 . 4 min read

The COVID-19 pandemic is, fortunately, showing signs of slowing down. However, the lockdown still continues, which means you get to spend some quality time with your guitar.

Frederik Nielsen
May 4, 2020 . 3 min read

Many of you gearheads out there have probably wondered when we’ll get down to some pedal-talk. That’s what we’re going to do in this article, where we’ll focus on some iconic songs with distortion from the 60s and 70s.

Frederik Nielsen
May 1, 2020 . 4 min read

Why would you look for uses for your old guitar? Surely it looks nice in and of itself? Well, as a guitarist, chances are that you’ll accumulate a lot of gear over the span of your career.

Frederik Nielsen
Apr 27, 2020 . 3 min read
We'll be bringing you recommended tabs and plenty of interesting quotes from guitar legends along the way!