Same news as last year. Can anyone spot a trend here? C’mon folks. People want vinyl. Why? Because music fucking rules. And it rules even more when you’re listening to it through the sweet, sweet soundwaves of a needle vibrating down a channel and out warm, rich like chocolate to your ears.
One day soon, the music industry will stop jerking off to Lady Gaga ringtones and realize that people want ACTUAL music because it just makes life better. Can you imagine walking into a hi-fi store like it was 1978 and having REAL options for stereo systems built for record listening?
I stumbled into the high-end Best Buy ‘specialty’ section called Magnolia the other day. A huge wall of thousand-dollar receivers glistened in the pale halogen track lights. I asked salesbro to turn ‘em on for me. They had a single Boyz II Men CD for demo purposes. He played it through a blu-ray player. When I asked, I found the sad truth. Not a single, solitary one of them had a phono pre-amp built in. Not one.
This shit’ll change. Mark my words.
I wrote this item based on this big packet of data from Nielsen SoundScan. I really geeked out over that stuff, let me tell you. Here is the specific data for top vinyl sales in 2010, for your information.
Top Ten Selling Vinyl Albums, 1/4/2010 - 1/2/2011
1. The Beatles Abbey Road (35,000)
2. Arcade Fire The Suburbs (18,800)
3. Black Keys Brothers (18,400)
4. Vampire Weekend Contra (15,000)
5. Michael Jackson Thriller (14,200)
6. The National High Violet (13,600)
7. Beach House Teen Dream (13,000)
8. Jimi Hendrix Experience Valleys of Neptune (11,400)
9. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (10,600)
10. the xx xx (10,200)
Top Ten Selling Vinyl Artists, 1/4/2010 - 1/2/2011
1. The Beatles (36,700)
2. Black Keys (36,000)
3. Radiohead (30,500)
4. Arcade Fire (28,600)
5. Jimi Hendrix (26,400)
6. The National (24,600)
7. Pavement (24,200)
8. Vampire Weekend (21,900)
9. Metallica (20,000)
10. Bob Dylan (17,000)