Figures this month have shown a 55% increase in sales of vinyl records in the UK (Entertainment Retailers Association), whilst sales are also up by 41% in the USA (Nielsen).
The number-crunching from the ERA shows that Radiohead are leading the resurgence, and in light of this news, it seems that Radiohead have started discussing the possibility of hitting the tour bus.
Their appearance at Glastonbury was their first live-show in 18-months, and having released new album The King of Limbs and a host of B-sides during that time, the band have plenty of material to add to their show.
In an interview with BBC 6 Music, drummer Phil Selway cleared the air on the subject of touring, and commented on the band's Glasto experience:
“Absolutely that is what we are talking about that the moment… It felt exciting doing that and it felt like we had something else to offer musically. It just felt like a new lease of life in what we are doing, and we would like to see where that takes us.”
The King of Limbs shifted 20,771 vinyl copies in the first half of 2011, compared to the leading title this time last-year, which was Paul Weller's Wake Up The Nation, selling just shy of 1,500 copies.
If these figures continue, it looks like 2011 might be the fifth successive year for growth in the vinyl industry.
Top ten albums (on vinyl) Jan-June 2011:
1 Radiohead The King of Limbs
2 Beady Eye Different Gear Still Speeding
3 Adele 21
4 Arctic Monkeys Suck It And See
5 Elbow Build A Rocket Boys
6 Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
7 Foo Fighters Wasting Light
8 Noah & The Whale Last Night On Earth
9 Vaccines What Did You Expect From The Vaccines
10 Mumford & Sons Sigh No More
(Image courtesy of Creative Commons, Author - Tim Cochrane)
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