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While U.S. album sales overall in 2013 declined 8.4 percent, to 289.4 million, vinyl album sales rose 32 percent, to 6 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Vinyl still represents only 2 percent of album sales overall, far less than CDs and digital albums. But the number has climbed significantly since 2006 when vinyl sales represented far less than 1 percent. A growing number of classic albums have been reissued on vinyl. Paul McCartney’s album “New” on vinyl for $25. It included a free card to download a copy for computer or iPod.
The reason a store in Greensboro, North Carolina opened and is selling vinyl records. Hippo Records. Patrick Lemons is the owner. Hippo Records: 2823-D Spring Garden St., The Shoppes at Lindley Park, https://www.facebook.com/HippoRecords.
Collectors say music sounds warmer on vinyl than on CD or MP3. Paschal also likes interacting with the record itself. “You have to be in touch with it,” he says. “You have to change it. You have to flip it.” “You have to be in touch with it,” he says. Not only do today’s buyers buy used vinyl, they buy new.
A growing number of classic albums have been reissued on vinyl. Lemons awaits an order of Nirvana albums, reissued on the heavier and more durable 180-gram vinyl that some collectors favor. And more major artists release new albums on vinyl, CD and digital download. Hippo Records sold Paul McCartney’s album “New” on vinyl for $25. It included a free card to download a copy for computer or iPod.