December 15, 2011

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  • Vinyl is the fastest-growing musical format in the U.S. In 2010, vinyl posted a 14 percent sales gain, according to Billboard magazine. In 2008, record companies shipped millions of units of vinyl— that number grows every year. In 2009, 2.5 million vinyl albums were sold; in 2010, that number rose to 2.8 million and cracked the Nielsen SoundScan sales record.
  • In January 2008, Time magazine likened listening to vinyl to eating a gourmet meal in comparison to listening to any other format.
  • At Crooked Beat, a large music store in Washington D.C., vinyl record sales account for 99 percent of its business.
  • A CD manufacturing company in Virginia, Furnace MFG, under massive demand, has had to change its core of production to vinyl.

— Chris Kelly

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