Japanese pop giants <a href=”/music/dreams-come-true”>DREAMS COME TRUE</a> dropped their new album, THE DREAM QUEST, on Tuesday (Oct. 10), and they’re providing fans with a myriad of formats to choose from — including vinyl.
Digitally inclined listeners will be able to download the album or stream it on Spotify. Those who like owning a CD will be able to buy a copy in brick-and-mortar music stores, online, and as a special measure just for this album, in post offices everywhere around the country (due to a track being used as a Japan Post Insurance campaign song). And last but not least, a 12-inch vinyl album will be made available for the aficionados and collectors out there.
Vinyl sales are on the rise around the world, and Japan is no exception. In the U.S., sales figures increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2016, having reached an all-time Nielsen Music-era high with a volume of 13 million units.
In Japan, vinyl sales reached 799,000 units in 2016 (up 121 percent from the previous year). Compared to the figures in 2009, when sales hit the lowest in the past 10 years, the number of vinyl records sold increased by a whopping 783 percent and the sum by 765 percent.
The rapid growth of this market suggests that music fans are diversifying in terms of their preferred mode of consumption. It looks like DREAMS COME TRUE, having been at the forefront of the Japanese music industry for nearly 30 years, are well aware of this current trend and making sure their music reaches as many ears as possible.