Vinyl Sales Up in 2013


Vinyl Sales Up in 2013

The gramophone record makes a comeback in the marketplace.

Published January 16, 2014

Video killed the radio star, but vinyls just might be immortal.  

Vinyl sales reached six million last year, up 32 percent from 4.2 million in 2012. The increase bumped wax records out of the 14-year slump suffered between 1993 and 2007.   

The rise proves that physical records have weathered the storm brought on by CDs, and now digital streaming options, but there is no definitive answer for its popularity. 

Listening to vinyls essentially boils down to personal preference of sound clarity, and recording artists like Beyoncé are playing on the fondness for wax. Queen Bey is reportedly releasing a limited edition vinyl version of her self-titled fifth studio album on Feb. 28. 

Meanwhile, album sales as a whole dropped last year. According to Billboard, digital sales fell nearly 6 percent from 1.34 to 1.26 billion units for the first time since Apple launched iTunes in 2003. Additionally, CDs dipped 14.5 percent to 165.4 million units down from over 190 million the year before. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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