In a world where advancing technology is the indication of progress in the arts – books and magazines are being replaced by e-readers and iPads and telephones that aren’t “smart” have become historical artifacts – where does nostalgia fit in? Apparently, it’s found a nice home in the music industry, where record sales– of actual vinyl LPs and EPs— have been experiencing a renaissance.
According to recent Nielsen SoundScan numbers, vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010, with 2.8 million units sold in the U.S. alone, the format’s best year since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. A drop in the bucket perhaps; but also pretty amazing considering plummeting CD sales. Besides, those number account only for NEW pressings of both new and old releases. Old school vintage vinyl sales were, of course, much higher.