Last year Tesco became the first UK supermarket to reintroduce vinyl records into their stores with a limited run of Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book of Souls’. Sainsbury’s have decided to go one better and will begin selling a select range of vinyl from March 21st. The LPs they plan to stock mostly consist of classic albums from the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie, as well as some more recent bestsellers such as Adele and Amy Winehouse. With the vinyl due to be sold in 171 locations, Sainsbury’s will soon have more record outlets than any other UK retailer.
It has been announced that Tesco will be the first UK supermarket to begin selling new vinyl records. A Tesco representative said it was the “next logical step” after their promising sales of record players. Fifty five stores across the country will be stocked with vinyl editions of Iron Maiden’s new album ‘The Book of Souls’, and depending on how they sell the supermarket’s new vinyl section will be sure to expand to meet demand.
What with sales of vinyl records reaching their highest point in 20 years, the Official Charts Company have announced the introduction of an official vinyl chart of the top 40 best selling albums and singles. The chart will commence ahead of this year’s annual Record Store Day, which has massively helped the recent revival. Many of this year’s exclusive limited edition releases, including new music from Mumford & Sons and Florence + The Machine, are bound to make an appearance. The second coming of vinyl does present some issues though. With sales having already increased around 70% thus far this year, and set to rise further due to the new charts and Saturday’s Record Store Day, manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the high demand. Hopefully investors will be influenced by the rapid record resurgence to open new production lines.
You cannot stop the progress of time. Trends change, technology advances, life carries on regardless. Music downloads are already on the downhill leg of their short lifespan thanks to the rise of music streaming services such as Spotify providing the masses with free access to a world of music at the touch of a button. But history has a peculiar way of repeating itself. There, lurking in the shadows, the vinyl LP record. You’ve no doubt seen them a lot more in recent years, the other day I counted at least 7 different places in my local town where you could by both second hand records and new pressing and reissues. Vinyl sales have reached an 18 year high with over one million units sold.