Sony is Pressing Vinyl Records for the First Time in Thirty Years

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Wax collectors, get your wallets ready!

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.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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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.

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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.”

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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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Sometimes the next big track is one that you have to find thirty years after its release.

Are Cassettes the New Vinyl? This Could Be the Beginning?

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Once upon a time, vinyl was pronounced dead. A few years later, the same thing happened for cassettes. Are both formats now roaring back?

Vinyl Sales Surge, Poised To Become Billion Dollar Industry This Year

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Several months ago, we were fairly shocked to learn that vinyl had actually supplanted digital downloads in terms of total sales for one week back in late November. While the combination of downloads losing traction due to the rise of streaming plus vinyl’s resurgence as a novelty gift might have explained that ‘anomaly,’ I’m sure you’ll be even more surprised to hear that vinyl is well on its way to becoming a billion-dollar industry by year’s end.

To put that into perspective, vinyl sales haven’t hit the $1 billion mark since the golden era of the ’80s, but it seems that double-digit growth in sales for the seventh straight year has vinyl poised to achieve that mark. According to data provided by Deloitte, vinyl is expected to sell 40 million records this year. And when you take into account the sales from turntables, record players, and other vinyl accessories, the industry could potentially reach the $1 billion mark after all.

 

H/T: Variety News Club

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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.

H/T: Mashable

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Streaming Is Officially America’s Most Popular Way To Listen To Music

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In 2016, over 251 billion songs were streamed in the United States, making up 38% of the country’s music consumption market. That’s a 76% increase from the previous year’s statistics, and marks the first time in history that streaming has surpassed even digital sales, making it the number one way that Americans listen to music.

Interestingly, we have hip-hop and R&B to thank for streaming’s incredible year. Those two genres combined make up 28% of all streams, and of course, Drake is the top artist of the year with over 5.4 billion streams.

However, not all is lost to the digital realm, as vinyl just wrapped up its biggest year since 1991 with 13 million sales.

We think it’s safe to say, though, that downloads are dead.

Source: Complex | Photo: Rukes

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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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Vinyl Just Beat Streaming As The Most-Purchased Music Medium

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The Entertainment Retailers Association has reported that for the week of November 28th, 2016, vinyl sold £2.4 million, compared to downloads accounting for sales of only £2.1 million. This marks the first time ever that vinyl has out-performed digital media.

The growing hype behind Record Store Day, and preference for analog texture could be responsible for the shift, but it could certainly be attributed to the holiday gift-buying craze, or English retailers like Tesco and Sainsbury’s stocking more records than before. Last year, the UK vinyl industry saw its eighth year of growth in a row. Whatever the cause of this vinyl resurgence, it certainly signifies a change in how listeners are consuming music.

As Jumbo Records’ Adam Gillison explained to The Independent, “Ultimately, in this digital world our customers are continually looking for a tangible, physical way to celebrate their love for their favourite artists – something that digital services simply cannot offer.”

 

Source: The Independent | Facebook image via Rukes.com

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