It's shaping up to be a banner year for vinyl in the United Kingdom, with releases by Arctic Monkeys, Jack White and Oasis helping sales to already exceed totals for all of last year in that country. According to the Entertainment Retailers Association, year-to-date sales of vinyl albums now total 844,122, over the 829,243 sales in 2013.
The ERA is confident that with three months to go in 2014, sales should ultimately reach a million, an impressive milestone given annual vinyl sales were a quarter of that as recently as 2008.
"This is an extraordinary turnaround," said ERA director Kim Bayley. "Independent retailers were first to identify the untapped potential for vinyl and made it the focus of Record Store Day. With record labels now making more vinyl available, this trend shows no sign of abating."