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Radiohead lead the way in slow-paced vinyl revival

October 19, 2011

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Thom Yorke, Radiohead

While CD sales continue to plummet and digital download stores desperately attempt to compete with the illegal variety, the steady increase of vinyl sales in the UK has been given a slight jolt upwards this year.

To date, arty rockers Radiohead have sold 20,000 LP copies of their latest offering The King of Limbs, twice as much as it’s nearest competitor Adele. Liam Gallagher will be happy (for once) to know that Beady Eye’s debut Different Gear, Still Speeding has also been one of the most popular vinyl titles purchased this year. Likewise, Alex Turner has ample reason to celebrate with Arctic Monkeys’ Suck It and See and his solo soundtrack project, Submarine, both selling considerably well in the long-player market. So far in 2011, sales of the black stuff have come close to a quarter million, the highest since the mid-noughties and already surpassing total units shifted in 2010.

According to The Official Charts Company, the most successful year for vinyl sales was 1975, when over 90 million LPs were sold. Indeed, the vinyl revival may be veering in the right direction, but it’s still a long way off from the good ol’ days.

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