Vinyl records have for so long been synonymous with yesteryear, but the resurrection of such has led to the Official Charts Company today launching a brand new vinyl chart.
Vinyl sales reached an 18-year high in 2014, a huge 1.29 million sold and figures right now suggest that total could grow by up to 70%. Noel Gallagher’s Chasing Yesterday is right now the best selling vinyl LP of 2015, a review for which can be found here. However, it’s not indie rock that is dominating the charts as might be expected, US rock band All Time Low are topping the first vinyl chart with their new album which also tops the UK Album Chart.
Re-releases are also popular at the moment, with Shout by Lulu sitting at a very respectable 5th in the Vinyl a Singles Chart, while Liverpool’s Circa Waves’ new single is at number 9. (A review for that can also be found here.)
The popular Record Store Day has helped re-introduce the vinyl obsession across the nation, with artists such as Johnny Marr releasing limited edition records to be sold on April 18th in shops from Pop Recs in Sunderland to Probe Records in Liverpool. Marr’s release this year is a cover of Depeche Mode’s I Feel You.
As vinyl looks to be back at the forefront of the music industry, it feels timely to remember a quote once said by John Peel on the digital revolution of music: On the digital audio revolution:
Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, “Listen, mate, *life* has surface noise.”