Beyonce will release a limited edition Vinyl set of ‘Lemonade’

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Beyonce further cemented her status as America’s Queen when she dropped her surprise album titled Lemonade in 2016. The album went on to win a Grammy for the Best Urban Contemporary Album, while earning another win for Best Music Video for her track “Formation.” The album was a stunning success, so die-hard Beyonce fans have yet another Beyonce-special to celebrate as it was recently announced that Beyonce will be releasing a limited edition Vinyl box set of Lemonade.

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The set will contain a double vinyl LP as well as audio and visual album downloads. The album itself was released alongside a 60-minute HBO film also titled Lemonade, so it is only fitting for her vinyl release to have visual components as well. Lastly, the set will come with a 600 page coffee table book titled How To Make Lemonade.

How To Make Lemonade features behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the album as well as notes, poems and essays from the artist. Its forward is written by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, with additional poetry by Warsan Shire. Fans can pre-order the limited edition set on Beyonce’s website starting at $299.99.


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Reverb to launch online vinyl storefront, Reverb LP

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However surprising or unsurprising, vinyl records have persisted as a highly popular physical music format in the digital age. In accordance with vinyl’s continued prominence in music sales, a product of younger generations’ fascination with the tangible music type, accustomed to digital files stored on a phone or computer, and duly, the result of older generations’ tendency to collect favorite records in vinyl, Reverb has announced its intent to launch an online platform for buying and selling vinyl records. The Chicago-based company will also host other physical music formats for sale.

Reverb burst into the music market in 2013, allowing musicians to buy and sell a variety of items that range from professional turntables to vintage amps. Reverb’s introduction of a storefront geared towards vinyl seeks to attract basic music listeners, or in other words, a population of non-musicians to the website. Reverb’s CEO, Dan Melnick, reiterated the website’s goal of enticing non-producers to visit the site: “We feel very strongly that Reverb has a brand that identifies with musicians and passionate music fans who might not be musicians themselves. We’re looking for ways those users can interact with us.”

The vinyl branch of Reverb will be called Reverb LP, and can be expected to make its debut later this year. Much like Reverb’s current organization, Reverb sellers may list items on the website for free. Sellers only encounter a fee of 3.5% when the given item is sold.

Reverb LP will launch solely on the web for now, poised to rub elbows with MusicStack and Discogs, the only two existing online platforms that solely specialize in vinyl, cassette tapes, and CDs. Reverb LP will seek to set itself apart from other online marketplaces by offering shoppers a comprehensive customer service team and an image-rich platform. Reverb LP, if successful in its aim, will revamp the current system of physical music sales online.

The venture is anticipated as a profitable one for Reverb—vinyl records are projected to garner approximately $1-billion-dollars in global revenue in 2017, a pattern shattering figure when evaluated in the context of previous years’ sales. Deloitte Global predicts that the market for “new vinyl” will see a “seventh consecutive year of double-digit growth.”

Given Deloitte’s estimations, it seems the “digital age” is about to grow increasingly physical in its musical endeavors.

Via: Chicago Tribune

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Aphex Twin releases new record at Todd Osborn’s store in Michigan

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A  new record from Aphex Twin has been spotted at Todd Osborn’s Technical Equipment Supply shop in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This comes after on the heels of Aphex Twin’s latest release and could be the new tracks the producer had hinted at.

The twelve inch vinyl record features two cuts, “3 GERALD REMIX” and “24 TSIM 2,” initially released as demos on Aphex Twin’s SoundCloud back in 2015. The album is the fourth release from Osborn’s Technical Equipment Supply label. The vinyl is understated, stamped simply with the artist information and release information. Further, the only way to get the album is to physically purchase it in Michigan.

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Romanus Records presses disturbing things into vinyl records

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Romanus Records has taken the cake for strangest objects pressed into vinyl. The Indianapolis based company describes its products as “dangerous vinyl”, with razor blades and “free floating” gun powder pressed into the wax for Texas rock duo Ghost Wolves’ latest release.


According to The Vinyl Factory, dinosaur bones and brewery grains are also being filled into Ghost Wolves’ records. In an interview, Chris Banta, the CEO of Romanus Records, revealed, “We are always trying to push the bounds of creativity of what can be put in a record. It’s such an open-ended artistic format, with endless possibilities.”

“The process of making these is a mastery of the dark arts,” Banta said. “They are constantly evolving… It’s been a giant messy success so far.”


With these pressings, Romanus Records has shown blatant creativity in a surprising medium. They’re visually intriguing and one should never miss an opportunity to say “my vinyl is part dinosaur.”

H/T: The Vinyl Factory

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UK vinyl sales in 2016 reached highest number since 1991

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A vinyl renaissance of sorts has grown in concurrence with the advent of streaming as the new most popular method of music delivery. Young music enthusiasts have become fascinated by the organic warmth of a record player’s sound, and grown fond of the nostalgia it engenders. In the UK in particular, vinyl had a particularly impressive resurgence in 2016, as the country witnessed a record-breaking year of 3.2 million units sold – the highest figure for vinyl sales in the UK since 1991.

Fascinatingly, vinyl records also bested digital downloads in the UK last year when comparing how much money was spent on each technology. This could be attributed to streaming, which clocked in at 45 billion plays in 2016. “Millennials, who’ve grown up digital, are increasingly choosing to experience both current and heritage artists on vinyl also. Meanwhile older baby-boomers are embracing streaming alongside their record collections,” stated Regent Street and Goldbar Records owner Vanessa Higgins of growth in the opposing technologies.

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Vinyl sales top digital for the first time ever

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The music industry has always been in a state of perpetual change, though once the internet took ahold of it, that evolution was sped up exponentially. As such, predicting the trends before they happen tends to be difficult, though not impossible if one knows where to look and how to analyze the data.

One recent trend that seems to have taken the majority of the industry by complete surprise was the resurgence of analog gear and, more specifically, vinyl. While digital music has served as one of the most omniscient changes in the industry through the advent of the MP3 and the internet, it hasn’t been enough to completely eclipse the analog world. One recent study by the Entertainment Retail Association (ERA) irrefutably proves this point yet again. According to the ERA, last week saw sales of vinyl records surpass that of digital in the United Kingdom: £2.4 ($3.03) million and £2.1 ($2.64) million, respectively.

This is the first time in music history that this has happened (since the advent of digital music, of course), and was driven by a combination of digital sales falling drastically while the supply and accessibility of vinyl records increased to match the demand. The signs leading to this disparity first came to light with a finding in 2015 that showed vinyl sales already beating out the combined ad-supported streaming revenue from YouTube, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Spotify.

Via Digital Music News

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Justice are releasing a CD/vinyl hybrid of ‘Woman’; behold it in all its glory

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Justice‘s Woman excelled in pushing genre barriers – so much so, in fact, that we’ve named it our number one album of 2016. Now, the duo are pushing technological barriers in an unusual way. Justice’s third studio album has been available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats since mid-November; however, their backing label, Ed Banger, has created a prototype which melds the three formats.

Justice uploaded a video to their Instagram today, December 7, that shows a CD/vinyl hybrid of Woman in action. Captioned, “•WOMAN• one side CD / one side VINYL – this very limited edition is a prototype (first ever!) and is not yet for sale.” The video sees Ed Banger label-head Busy P showing off the progressively retro format to astounded cameraman Glenjamn. Though no release date for this multi-functional iteration of the album has been set, it will the ultimate collectors item for any Justice fan.

Imagine being able to appreciate the warmth of Xavier and Gaspard’s tertiary LP on a record player, then blasting “RANDY” in the Honda Accord’s CD player, and then becoming giddy with excitement upon the recollection that the Woman CD/vinyl can be transferred onto iTunes via any computer with a CD drive. Sure, the album is available on every major online streaming platform, but didn’t that scenario sound titillating?

Watch the “new” format of Woman being played on a turntable in the below video.

H/T: Mixmag

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Watch Nastia spin vinyl at her daughter’s ‘Bring Your Parents to Class’ day

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Likely putting herself in the running for “Coolest Parent of the Year”, Ukranian DJ Nastia stopped by her daughter’s elementary school classroom for a “bring-your-parent-to-work” day. To educate her daughter’s peers about her craft, Nastia decided to show rather than tell.

Bringing along a set of turntables and a mixer, Nastia spun vinyl with her daughter, while giving the class an overview of the mechanical process of DJing in real time. In the video posted to Nastia’s Facebook page, mother and daughter bob their hands in tandem to the beat, as the other children in the class look on in wonderment and begin to dance at their desks. Watch the heartwarming video below.

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Check out the world’s first levitating record player

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Boasting a fully-funded Kickstarter campaign with over 20 days still on the clock, MAG-LEV Audio has received a massively overwhelming response for their new product: the world’s first levitating record player. As its name suggests, MAG-LEV uses magnets to levitate and rotate the record player’s platter without compromising sound quality.

Designed with feet to hold the platter up while the player is off — as well as a built in backup power source designed to safely collect the platter should power fail — and subtle orange-red lighting underneath the spinning record on a base that comes in a wooden trim, as well as black or white, MAG-LEV’s latest gives off an appealing modern, minimalist vibe.

MAG-LEV’s Kickstarter concludes on November 21 with an expected delivery date in January 2017.

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The Chemical Brothers’ full discography will be reissued on vinyl in December

The Chemical Brothers’ full discography will be reissued on vinyl in December

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The Chemical Brothers have been a pioneering force in electronic music for close to three decades now, unleashing eight groundbreaking studio albums in the process. Their latest album Born in the Echoes arrived in the summer of 2015, reigniting interest in their startling compositions and psychedelic live shows.

Come December, longtime fans and record hunters will now be able to own the group’s entire discography on vinyl. December 9 will mark the release of the first seven Chemical Brothers albums on limited-edition vinyl, and by Dcember 23, all eight will be released on standard vinyl.

Pre-order the records now on Amoeba’s website.

H/T: Pitchfork

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