Almost everything you've read about music sales in this millenium is regarding the industry having no idea how to make money in the digital age. So here's something weird: 2012 saw 4.6 million vinyl records sold, making it the biggest year for vinyl sales since Nielsen started recording the stat in the early '90s. What's more, 2011 was the second highest year for vinyl sales. And, you guessed it, 2013 is on track to continue the upward trend.
This news comes right after a string of local record store closings, including Rockit Scientist, Gimme Gimme, Tropicalia in Furs and Norman's Sound and Vision. Most recently we've heard that Sound Fix in Williamsburg will sell its last album on Record Store Day (April 20th), while Bleecker Bob's Records has been ousted by a frozen yogurtry.
However, there are still a good handful of shops throughout the boroughs to pick up 12"s—Records and Tapes, Academy Records, Other Music, to name a few—and British music shop Rough Trade is on their way to Williamsburg. LP lovers should head to the Monday Night Vinyl Club at Sycamore in Ditmas Park to rub elbows with other wax track enthusiasts.
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