Vinyl Is Dead
Mr. White’s latest release, “Lazaretto” (Third Man/Columbia), opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart with 138,000 sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and 40,000 of those sales were for its “ultra” vinyl edition. That is the biggest week for a vinyl album since SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991; the last title to hold the record was Pearl Jam’s “Vitalogy,” which sold 34,000 copies on LP when it came out in 1994.
—Ben Sisario, NYTimes.com
Keep stories like this in mind whenever you’re feeling the urge to declare something “dead”. Vinyl won’t ever beat digital download sales, but it’s far from dead.