Long live the Vinyl Revolution, death to TIDAL
Will Butler

10:44 30th September 2015

The vinyl revolution has worked. The analogue music platform's sales have overtaken streaming in terms of revenue.

While digital downloads are declining faster than CD sales are, figures released in the US show that vinyl sales have ben on the rise by 52% year-on-year in the first half of 2015 while streaming is operating at a 27% increase according to the Record Industry Association of America.

Before the vinyl heads blow a gasket in excitement, there are a few things worth noting. Firstly, these figures are relative to the platforms Q1 and Q2 2015 revenues, not the year's total. Also, Apple Music has not been included in the findings and that streaming income could see a marked increase in upcoming months should free trial users decide to convert to a paid subscription of the service.

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Speaking to Digiday, data analyst Joshua Friedlander said: "Overall, the music industry has become the most-digital in terms of all traditional media outlets - magazines, newspapers - in terms of transition."

"There is more optimism out there than there was. Two-thirds of the market is still physical [CDs]. It used to be monolithic. Now it's a mix of things, a revenue diversification that makes a more stable source to grow off of."

In recent vinyl news, Tesco has announced plans to begin stocking vinyl to celebrate the release of Iron Maiden's The Book of Souls at the beginning of the month. 

  • Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

  • Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

  • Belle & Sebastian - Girl In Peacetime Want To Dance

  • David Bowie - 'Changes' (Record Store Day)

  • Eminem - 10LP vinyl box set

  • Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit

  • Ibeyi - Ibeyi

  • Enter Shikari - Mindsweep

  • The Decemberists - What A Beautiful World, What A Terrible World

  • Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor

  • Django Django - Born Under Saturn

  • Laura Marling - Short Movie

  • Ryan Adams - Live At Carnegie Hall

  • Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible US Mix (Record Store Day)

  • Roxy Music - The Complete Studio Recordings

  • The Who - The Brunswick Singles 1965-1966: 7" Box Set

  • The Cribs - To All My Sisters

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

  • Mumford & Sons - Wilder Mind

  • Blur - The Magic Whip

  • Paul Weller - Saturn's Pattern

  • Placebo - Placebo (RSD reissue)

  • George Clinton - Chocolate City: London

  • The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy Live

  • Ian Dury - New Boots and Panties!! Expanded Edition

  • Suede - Dog Man Star live

  • Donna Summer - Another Place And Time (5 x 12" singles)

  • Death Cab For Cutie - Kintsugi

  • John Lennon - The Vinyl Collection

  • The Vaccines - English Graffiti

  • Muse - Drones

  • Albert Hammond Jr - Momentary Masters

  • Sleater Kinney - No Cities To Love

  • Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect

  • Placebo - First five albums anniversary vinyl reissues

  • Charli XCX - Sucker

  • David Bowie - Five Years box set

  • Bully - Feels Like

  • Jamie xx - In Colour

  • Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool

  • Garbage - Garbage (20 Years Queer reissue)

  • Led Zeppelin - Coda

  • Joy Division - Substance Box set

  • Red House Painters - First Four Albums

  • David Bowie - Golden Years (reissue)

  • New Order - Music Complete

  • Chvrches - Every Open Eye

  • Foals - What Went Down

  • The Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth

  • Bjork - Vulnicura

  • Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

  • Editors - In Dream (in gold)

  • Joanna Newsom - Divers

  • Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

  • iamamiwhoami - Concert In Blue

  • Fall Out Boy - American Beauty/American Psycho

  • Ellie Goulding - Delirium

  • Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space

  • Spectres - Dying (with ouija board)

  • Grimes - Art Angels

  • Fidlar - Too

  • Roots Manuva - Bleeds

  • Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams

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