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UK annual vinyl sales hit 1m for first time since 1996

UK annual vinyl sales hit 1m for first time since 1996

Vinyl sales in the UK have passed the one million mark for the first time in almost two decades, the Official Charts Company has confirmed.

Last year’s total was 780,674, and with the main Christmas shopping period still to come, this year’s figure could rise to 1.2m by the end of December.

Sales last peaked over the million mark back in 1996.

Vinyl sales in the UK have passed the one million mark for the first time in almost two decades, the Official Charts Company has confirmed.

Last year’s total was 780,674, and with the main Christmas shopping period still to come, this year’s figure could rise to 1.2m by the end of December.

Sales last peaked over the million mark back in 1996.

“We have entered an exciting best-of-all-worlds era where there is space and scope for all kinds of music to be discovered and enjoyed in every type of way, including on vinyl once again,” said BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo. “Many of us assumed it had become an obsolete format, but while the flame may have flickered, it never quite went out, and we are now seeing a burgeoning resurgence in demand led by exciting new acts such as Royal Blood that is likely to keep vinyl on our high streets for many more years to come.”

Official Charts chief executive, Martin Talbot, added: “In scoring the biggest opening week for a vinyl album this millennium, Pink Floyd’s The Endless River illustrates the British public’s renewed love for this format, which is on course to become a £20million business this year – an incredible turnaround from barely £3m just five years ago. This resurgence also underlines music fans’ continuing fascination with the album.”

Compared to the ten per cent share of the music market accounted for by audio streaming, vinyl’s increased sales still show the sector as relatively niche, with a share of just two per cent.

Topping the 2014 year-to-date chart are Arctic Monkeys with their fifth Number 1 studio album, AM (pictured), followed by Jack White, with Lazaretto, at 2.

Pink Floyd’s The Endless River sold over 6,000 vinyl copies in its first week on sale, making in the fastest-selling vinyl album of the century so far, and the third best-selling vinyl of the year to date.

Royal Blood’s self-titled debut, which in August became the fastest-selling rock debut in three years, is at 4, followed by Oasis – the only act to appear in the 1996, 2014 and current Top 10 best-sellers – with Definitely Maybe, at 5.

by Adam Savage

Original Source: http://www.audioprointernational.com/news/read/uk-annual-vinyl-sales-hit-1m-for-first-time-since-1997/07695

THE SECOND ARTEFACT

Dark Horse Vs Burn

For the second artefact I have combined two songs and merge then in to one. This created a new song by using their music and lyrics. I consulted Youtube‘s Most Popular Pop Videos for the choice since I am targeting for the spreadability of the music artefact. Many very well known songs are on that list but I eded up in two. By picking songs by the current music-song trends in the industry will help my music piece to spread more and faster. The first song is by Katy Perry ft Juicy J and the second by Ellie Goulding. Katy’s Dark Horse has as by today 704.198.971 views and Ellie’s Burn 384.068.674 making them both extremely popular.

I also consulted a song key finder software to help me identify the key of the songs so that I could check if they are harmonically compatible. This helped me in refining my options and thus ending with those two songs instead of others. Both songs are from the same key: Bbm.

The main issue was the Bpm incompatibility, were Burn has much faster tempo. I edited them using Pro Tools although I think Audacity would be a much better choice in the end, I also used elastic audio to time stretch Burn in order to match the Dark Horse Bpm, but unfortunately that had decremental effects on Ellie’s already extremely processed vocals.

I included tags in Youtube such as: Mash-up, Music, Remix, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding, Dark Horse, Burn etc.


Do not confuse a mash-up for a remix.

A mashup (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend etc.) is a song or composition created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.

Source: Wikipedia. Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mashup_%28music%29


ADDITION:  

Stats for 2nd Artefact: 

Posted on Youtube.

Like, Don’t Like, Comments, Shares,

Demographics

And search: More than half views we attracted from Facebook

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109 Views, 161 views according to the minutes being watched and 1 Follower. Visitors heard the song more than once. Either they hate it or enjoy it!

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Posted on Facebook:

220 people were reached by my post. I uploaded it in a music group I have FBR Radio. Its the webpage of my radio station. Not active at the moment unfortunately. I got 13 likes as well!

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A friend really likes it he posted it him self on his page and tagged me!

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Summary: I hoped the second artefact would do better than the first. I used really popular songs, I posted It, tweeted about it as well, tagged it properly. I posted it on Youtube on wednesday afternoon round 20:00 pm hoping that I will get attention from UK and US. You can read more about my strategy here: https://toniavl.wordpress.com/2014/11/30/its-all-about-the-spread-project/   

I realised people are really unpredictable in what they choose to view and share. Had I posted it another week would probably give me totally different results.