This is what indie retailers contributed to overall album sales in the US last year, according to stats shared by Nielsen Soundscan.
And this is what indie retailers contributed to vinyl LP sales, a much smaller but rapidly-growing category.
According to stats recently shared with Digital Music News by Nielsen Soundscan, more than two-thirds (or 67 percent) of all vinyl albums in the US were sold by indie record stores last year. And this is a booming niche: last year, vinyl sales reached 3.9 million units, the biggest mark in two decades and a 39 percent gain over 2010. That's still about one-percent of broader album sales, but a rare example of growth in the physical category.
All of which raises a major problem: vinyl is on a serious comeback, but the main driver of those sales is drying up. Last year, neighborhood fixtures like Atlanta-based Criminal Records were threatened with shutdown, and even bigger outlets like Amoeba Records are struggling to find their footing.
In 2010, indie retailers accounted for an even more impressive 71 percent of all vinyl sales in the US.
Thurston Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Just so you know, Criminal Records isn't closed to my knowledge. I live right down the street. Little 5 Points is where it's at for music in Atlanta. Three stores, Moods Music, Criminal, and Wax n Facts are all hip spots. Plus Beatport on Ponce/Highland isn't too far away either. And Even still, not far away from there is Decatur CD.
Maxwellian Thursday, January 19, 2012
Sounds like it's in survival mode now, I noticed a "Save Criminal Records Benefit at The Cottage in East Atlanta" in November I think, and some talk of a wind-down or closure a few months ago.
Thurston Thursday, January 19, 2012
yeah, well that'll suck if it happens
balbers Thursday, January 19, 2012
"67 percent of all vinyl albums in the US were sold by indie record stores last year."
Serious question- as opposed to what? Where other than indie stores can anybody find vinyl anymore? What makes up the other 33%? Internet? Direct sales from the merch tables at shows?
paul Thursday, January 19, 2012
You'd be surprised where you can find vinyl these days. I walked into an Urban Outfitters the other day and found an entire section with vinyl, turntables, headphones, and related gear.
A number of big box retail outlets are also carrying vinyl, though I haven't seen that yet with my own eyes. But, there's some conjecture that big box outlets may actually be responsible for a considerably amt. of the recent growth in the format, but that is not confirmed and I cannot substantiate that (maybe someone else knows something about that)?
And, yes, the internet.
double a Thursday, January 19, 2012
paul and balbers,
i saw vinyl at 2 best buys over the holiday. it was a miserable selection, VERY disorganized, and really only focused on the giant multi-platinum classic rock and grunge records. I'm not sure if there was anything on the shelf post-2000.
Underground Sounds Ann Arbor, Thursday, February 09, 2012
The big box stores will not be offering a huge vinyl selection, except online. Why? Furniture. Vinyl displays are not readily and cheaply available. The racks of records I see at Best Try are poor and makeshift; they don't allow one to browse easily.
Unless it's on sale at Urban Outfitters, it's overpriced. Their selection is also limited & timid. The record players they sell, made by Crosley are garbage; no better than the record player we had in grade school in the '70s. Crosley record players lack decent tone arms, anti-skating, weight adjustable tone arms. They are frequently coupled with speakers worse than earbuds. If you want to hear the full dynamic range vinyl can offer, step up and buy a real stereo with a decent, full functioning record player. Urban Outfitters is all about style, not substance. Most record stores beat Amazon's inflated, above-list prices on vinyl daily with better, human customer service to boot.
CD EXCHANGE OF WALLA WALLA Thursday, January 19, 2012
Actually, mega-bastard corporate chain HASTINGS is trying to get into the vinyl market. THEY EVEN PUT OUT ADS ON RECORD STORE DAY CELEBRATING RECORD STORE DAY (which was created for indy stores).
TRIP Thursday, January 19, 2012
Rediculous story chickin little. Get out of the house away from your computer and breathe. "The main driver of those sales is drying up??" The main driver of those sales are quality artists and fans. Criminal is still in Atlanta and there are more vinyl record stores in LA now then there were 2 years ago.
Visitor Thursday, January 19, 2012
There are still numerous Vinyl stores in the Detroit area, mainly Detroit Threads, The Record Graveyard and Peoples Records just to name a couple
@VillageGreenRec Thursday, January 19, 2012
Fightin' the Good FIGHT!
@TEAMMUSICSAVES Thursday, January 19, 2012
What does everyone think of this?
@indiecalp Thursday, January 19, 2012
Now, let's get the share of vinyl sold to be greater than 1%.
@JohnDunn23 Thursday, January 19, 2012
It's raining men.
Deb Friday, January 20, 2012
The place to go in Ft. Wayne Indiana is Neat Neat Neat records!
@Elric77 Friday, January 20, 2012
@thinklikealabel Sunday, January 22, 2012
Who bought the other 1/3?
@BenjiKRogers Sunday, January 22, 2012
Bring on the joy!
Paturi Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The recent popularity of vinyl long play records comes from several sources. One might be the recent "vintage" status of vinyl LP records, as we are now are at least two generations removed from their heyday. Historically, the LP records were at the height of their popularity in the 1980s, then replaced to a large degree by the cassette tape, and, even more so later on by the CD and the mp3 or other compressed digital music formats and related mp3 players. The other source of the popularity of the vinyl records is the popularity of the rap music and its successor hip hop. The DJs who play this kind of music are famous for their sound manipulations such as "scratches", and transitions from one song to the other, which can only be properly implemented manually, using two turntables with vinyl LP records playing on both of them simultaneously.sell old records
Labelnr1 Sunday, March 25, 2012
It seems that audiophiles nowadays like to patronize indie stores to get their audio record fix, which is interesting and encouraging at the same time because this will mean better business for these stores and keep them from dying out.
Mike - Record Companies