Vinyl Rules!

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127 Vinyl Rules![pullquote quote="This is the best year for vinyl sales since 1991." credit="Terri Hemmert"]Well yesterday I shared the bad news that overall album sales dropped 13 percent in 2010. That got me on a rant about how much I miss some of the legendary record stores in Chicago, and the people that worked there…not to get rich but because they loved music. The response was overwhelming, so I’m not alone in missing a part of our music culture. Thanks to those who have responded. Keep the discussion going. Like to know which stores you miss and plug the ones you love now. They are few and far between and could use the support. Click on to our Facebook page for a ton of store names and memories that will hopefully trigger some of your own.

So how bout some good news. With all the sales numbers going down, the one that went up was sales of vinyl increased by 14% over 2009. They sold around 2.8 million units. This is the best year for vinyl sales since 1991. CDs were hot then and vinyl was considered old and in the way. In fact a lot of us bought CDs of albums we already had on vinyl, which make the music industry happy. But now, vinyl is back. I noticed in my history of rock and soul class at Columbia College that students were coming into class with 12″ bags full of vinyl. One night a student was thrilled to show me that he found a used two record set of the best of Louis Jordan. This is one of the reasons I teach! Made my day.

The best selling vinyl artists for 2010 were [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm], [lastfm]The Black Keys[/lastfm], [lastfm]Radiohead[/lastfm], [lastfm]Arcade Fire[/lastfm], [lastfm]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm], [lastfm]The National[/lastfm], [lastfm]Pavement[/lastfm], [lastfm]Pink Floyd[/lastfm], [lastfm]Metallica[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Bob Dylan[/lastfm]. The top selling new albums on vinyl were The Suburbs by [lastfm]Arcade Fire[/lastfm], Brothers by [lastfm]The Black Keys[/lastfm], Contra by [lastfm]Vampire Weekend[/lastfm] and High Violet by [lastfm]The National[/lastfm]. All those strong contenders for album of the year for XRT people. We’ll find out more Thursday night when we broadcast the results of the 2010 WXRT Listener Poll. The overall bestselling vinyl album in 2010 was…….(drum roll please, Ringo)…Abbey Road by [lastfm]The Beatles[/lastfm]!

So let’s hear from you. Do you still buy vinyl? Why?

Gotta go. Time to turn the record over to the other side.


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