Vinyl sales grew nearly 15 percent in 2018, continuing 13-year growth pattern

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What’s old is new — and thriving.

Though access to the world’s music catalog is easier than ever in 2019, fans continue to support a decades-old method of listening to their favorite artists: vinyl. United States vinyl sales in 2018 were up nearly 15 percent from their 2017 numbers, with 16.8 million records purchased last year. 2018 marked the 13th consecutive year that vinyl sales have grown, according to Nielsen Music, which has been tracking music sales since 1991.

Among these 16.8 million sold, albums like Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours, The Beatles‘ Abbey Road, and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller notched top spots, with Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 tying Thriller for the No. 1 spot. In terms of singles, The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” took the top spot with 10,000 sales, with songs like Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock and Roll”/”Friends” taking the second and third spots, respectively.

H/T: Billboard

Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ just broke another all time chart record as its singles reach 29 weeks on the Hot 100

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Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ just broke another all time chart record as its singles reach 29 weeks on the Hot 100Drake Scorpion Album Singles Billboard Record

Whatever feelings fans may have about Drake‘s latest era, his Scorpion LP is unquestionably a monstrous hit. The pop rap juggernaut’s latest album hit stores in late June, and by the end of the summer made the him the first artist ever to cross over the 50 billion global streams threshold. Bolstered by honest-to-god inescapable singles like “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” the smashed the season and racked up records and streams along the way. Now almost three months after the its release, Drake’s latest album has netted him another astonishing benchmark.

By extending their stay on Billboard‘s Hot 100 to 29 weeks, Scorpion’s singles (“God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” and “In My Feelings”) have broken an all-time record set previously by The Black Eyed Peas and Usher. Anyone who tore up middle and high school dance floors to Usher’s Confessions and The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.Dcan appreciate the magnitude of Drake’s latest chart record, breaking the previous tie of 28 weeks. The rapper’s new milestone is a feat that could last for years – or at least until the next Drake double album drops.

H/T: Billboard

DJ Snake cements plans for upcoming sophomore album

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DJ Snake

Following the delivery of DJ Snake‘s debut LP, Encore, in late 2016, the Parisian hit maker famously announced that his first album would in fact be his last in a now-deleted tweet. With Encore‘s overwhelming success, along with the Pardon My French proponent’s intermittent new material drops over the last year and a half, not many believed, or wanted to believe, that Snake didn’t have another album in him. Luckily for us, Encore’s successor is now officially on the way.

Currently, release details on the impending new album are few and far between. The project’s release date and track list have yet to surface, though Snake’s sophomore studio effort will likely mirror the playbook from his first major delivery. Expect an Interscope Records release featuring marquee collaborators brought together to craft widely-appealing radio-ready hits over a lengthy 12+ track span. Last time we got a studio record from the French superstar we got hits like “Middle” and “Let Me Love You.” If DJ Snake repeats his formula from Encore, we’re likely looking at one of the biggest dance records of the year on the way.

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YouTube record label NoCopyrightSounds hits milestone $1 million in sales despite free downloads

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In 2011, Billy Woodford established a unique UK-based record label and music organization known as the YouTube channel NoCopyrightSounds. Since then, NCS has transformed into a global music label with millions of listeners and more than 13 million YouTube subscribers.

NCS is a unique service in that it provides the option for listeners to enjoy music for free, but at the same time, users are presented with the ability to support artists through paid services. By giving away the music for free, creators are able to easily access more material for their work. Free downloads also mean new audiences will discover more music through easy access.

Despite the free download option, NCS has just announced it’s reached more than $1 million in record sales. This unique milestone is good news for the electronic music community as it cements the opportunities labels have in the channels they are monetizing for their acts. Companies like NCS have access to an entire generation of artists and can possibly alter the state of musical communication altogether.

“The demand for fresh original music from Creators is enormous and growing daily,” asserts Woodford. “I believe the music we support on the label compliments all types of content, from the Make-up and Beauty community through to the vlogging and gaming world. The fans of these content creators from each community are discovering NCS artists, and that is translating into traditional sales.”

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This vinyl traveler map pinpoints where to find the world’s best record stores

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Vinyl has been making a huge comeback in the music industry as of late. With record stores gaining back their relevance, there has been a demand for modern technology to accommodate the surge of interest.

VinylHub has created a crowd-sourced map that pinpoints all the best record stores on a global scale. On their website, VinylHub is described as “Discogs for record shops and record events.” However, it can even be seen as a hybrid of Discogs-meets-Yelp-meets-Waze, as users can make entries if their favorite stores aren’t listed. Active stores on the map show relevant information on the retailer, including hours, websites, types of music offered, and more.

VinylHub’s mission is to “document every physical record shop and record event on the planet,” with around 6,000 store listings globally and counting. A platform like this interactive map could single-handedly turn hidden vinyl shops into tourist destinations around the world.


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Mixcloud solidifies deal with Warner Music Group

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Mixcloud — the British counterpart and streaming rival to SoundCloud — has just signed a licensing agreement with Warner Music Group.

The agreement will allow the UK-based streaming company, which has previously implemented statutory radio licenses for its music usage, to begin implementing subscription services.

Nico Perez, the co-founder of Mixcloud recently spoke with the Financial Times on the rollout, “We don’t want to do the $9.99 a month. That’s done. That market is served. What we’re building is going to be very customized.”

Perez continued, “Since the beginning, we have worked with rights holders to both monetize long-form audio and champion the importance of curation in the streaming industry. As we embark on direct licensing relationships with the major labels, we are committed to doing what is best for artists, curators, music fans, and the industry.”

Currently, Mixcloud has around 17 million monthly users with 12 million long-form radio shows, podcasts, and DJ sets. In addition to the recent agreement with Mixcloud, Warner Music Group recently purchased Spinnin’ Records. The agreements come with immense excitement in the music industry. With the preservation of long-form content presently called into question, the move towards track alternative long-form content suggests that the industry will not entirely move towards instant gratification. Mixcloud is also reportedly working out contracts with two other major music groups, Universal and Sony, respectively.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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The most expensive vinyl record ever has been sold for $790,000

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As with any kind of object collecting, vinyl records can get pretty pricey when you’re talking about limited editions, rare finds, signed discs and records owned by music icons. But if you didn’t think a record would ever reach close to million dollars at auction, you’d be sorely mistaken.

Last year, the first test pressing of The Beatles (White Album), owned by Ringo Starr himself, went to auction and sold for a whopping $790,000, according to NME, breaking the Guinness World Record for highest price ever paid for a vinyl record. The proceeds from the album sale, along with over a thousand items owned by Ringo, went to The Lotus Foundation, a charity founded by Ringo and his wife dedicated to helping individuals in physical, mental and emotional need.

Via: Hypebot

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